How to clean silver and remove tarnish in seconds
If you love antique and vintage silverware, chances are they tarnish easily and are challenging to clean. One of the reasons silverware has fallen out of favour is due to the amount they tarnish; therefore, stainless steel is more popular in people’s households because they are easier to clean. The designs of silverware are beautiful though, which is why they are steadily becoming collector’s items in people’s homes. Luckily, Jessica, the author of the Mom 4 Real lifestyle blog, has the easiest method for cleaning silver. Her cleaning method involves a few ingredients you probably already have in your home kitchen and will polish up the silverware quickly without the need to polish them. Her process for how to remove spots and tarnish from silver involves completely safe, non-toxic ingredients too, which means you can actually use the silverware to eat with on a daily basis.
One of the ingredients you will require for cleaning your silverware will be natural baking soda, which is incredibly popular for many household cleaning tasks. The baking soda reacts with aluminum foil and water to lift stains from the silverware. You shouldn’t have to polish the silverware by hand afterwards, as the baking soda will have removed all the tarnishing on its own. Baking soda and water is a powerful combination for removing stains from carpets, curtains and clothing as well, and this combination is even used to clean pots and pans with baked-on food. What’s more, the baking soda is completely safe for humans to consume, making it one of the best non toxic cleaners you can have in your house. In the case of this silverware cleaning method, the water and baking soda mixture is boiled on the stove, and the silverware is added to it to simmer for a minute or so until the stains are lifted. The best way to reduce the opportunity for injury would be to have a sturdy set of tongs on hand to add the silverware to the water and remove it again.
A lot of silverware cleaning products are pricey and include toxic substances that you don’t want to be coming in contact with or putting in your body. The combination of baking soda, aluminum foil and water miraculously lift stains, while being safe to use. The one issue with polishing silver frequently is that every time you polish, you are actually pulling some of the silver away. At the maximum, silverware should only be cleaned up to two times a year, which means you will require some prevention tips. Some good preventative measures for limiting the tarnishing of silver and reducing the need for cleaning would be to store your silverware with acid-free paper or in plastic bags. These processes may not eliminate the tarnishing altogether but should limit it so that your silverware can go longer in between using Jessica’s cleaning solution. Polishing the silverware after each use will also slow down the tarnishing process, although tarnishing is inevitable in the long run.
Next time you are looking at your silverware and wondering whether to keep it or throw it out, don’t because this silver cleaning method will be a lifesaver. These steps are also handy for those who collect antique silver and want them to look perpetually bright and shiny when on display. This cleaning method, combined with some measures to prevent tarnishing, will keep your silverware looking perfect all the time and help it last over the long term. Thank you to Jessica, the author of the Mom 4 Real lifestyle blog, for sharing her tips on cleaning silver and removing tarnish in seconds.
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