One of the things I love about my Mom is that she eats everyday meals with her good silver. “Why save it for a special occasion?” she told me the first time I noticed her doing it on a visit home from college. I love that. It makes sense doesn’t it?
Recently I was digging through my “special occassion” tableware and came across a little stash of silver spoons and forks as well as silver coasters that my Grandmother had left me when she passed away. I was so saddened by how tarnished they were that I went to clean them and thought I’d share this trick to easily clean tarnished silver with you all-it’s so much easier than you think!
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups boiling water
Set your water to boil. While it’s heating up cover a bowl with the aluminum foil, shiny side up. Add salt and baking soda to the bowl.
Slowly pour the vinegar into the bowl (it will foam up!) Mix well until the salt is dissolved.
Add the boiling water and carefully submerge your silver. Soak about 5 minutes, flipping if needed. (I had to flip mine because some of the forks weren’t totally submerged.)
After about 5 minutes carefully remove the silver and buff with a microfiber cloth. Some heavily tarnished pieces may need a second soaking to come clean.
Repeat if necessary-the very heavily tarnished forks I showed in the first picture did need a second soaking but everything else came clean the first time. This is so much easier than polishing the traditional way because the chemical reaction does the heavy work!
Do you save your silver for special occasions only? Have you tried this method of removing tarnish before?
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