Guest Guru, Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee
An Inexpensive, Nontoxic and DIY Way to Polish Silver
With the holiday dinner parties fast approaching, festive table settings are on our minds. Tarnished silverware can ruin a perfectly set table, so polishing the silver is one task that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Because commercial silver polish contains toxins, I searched for non-toxic and inexpensive alternatives to cleaning silver flatware. The Daily Green had a silver cleaning recipe that looked promising, but did it really work? I decided to test it out myself.
Here is a sampling of some of my tarnished silver before it was cleaned.
What you will need – aluminum foil, boiling water, baking soda and salt. Line your sink or a bucket with aluminum foil, and drop in tarnished silver. Pour in boiling water, a cup of baking soda and a dash of salt.
Let sit for a few minutes. The tarnish will transfer from the silver to the foil.
If you can’t immerse your items, rub tarnished silver with toothpaste and a soft cloth. Follow by rinsing items with warm water and let dry. As an alternative to toothpaste, rub a mixture of three parts baking soda to 1 part water. I should have tried one of these methods with my silver bowl which did not get fully immersed.
It might be hard to tell with the lighting, but the results were great – much better than I expected!
Here is a image of one of my spoons tarnished and the other just cleaned – in case you were wondering, the sterling silver flatware pattern is Repousse. As I said, I was very pleased with the results. Best yet, it’s eco-friendly, non-toxic and inexpensive!
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