How to Clean Silver with Homemade Products
Jewellery, silverware, decorative items... Many household items are made of silver, but unfortunately these items inevitably turn black and tarnish over time. There are specific products for cleaning silver, but sometimes it's just not worth buying them because they aren't something we use every day. Luckily these products are not the only solution for cleaning and polishing silver - there are also plenty of home remedies that we can use. That is why at oneHOWTO we're going to give you some tips on how to clean silver with homemade cleaning products.
Bicarbonate of Soda
One of the best ways to clean blackened silver is with the help of bicarbonate of soda, a powerful natural cleanser. Bring a pan of water to the boil and put some bicarbonate of soda in a container. Once the water has boiled, stir it into the bicarbonate of soda, adding enough until a paste is formed.
First wash the silver items that you want to clean with soap and water. Then once they're dry, use a toothbrush and the bicarbonate of soda paste to scrub them well, without scratching them. When finished, rinse them and dry them well.
Aluminium foil & water and salt
To clean tarnished silverware, we can also line a bowl with aluminium foil and fill it with hot water. Then add salt and place the objects you want to brighten up into the water.
Wait for a while as various chemical reactions work to remove the sulphide layer - which is what makes the silver turn black. You can then remove the objects from the water and dry them.
The third way to clean the silver is with the help of toothpaste. First, wash the object in question with soap and water, and then rub the silver with a piece of chamois or cloth smeared in toothpaste. Once you see that the object has returned to its original colour, rinse it with water and dry with a dry cloth.
Another trick which can help you best clean your silver is line a bowl with aluminium foil and add a spoonful of laundry detergent. Mix it up and then set your silverware you want to remove the tarnish from. Soak for a minute and it should wipe clean.
This is perhaps the weirdest sounding one of the lot, but it does actually work. Try squirting a little ketchup onto a cloth first and rubbing it over the blackened areas. If this doesn't work, you can squeeze it directly onto the silver, rub it in to the blackened areas and let it rest for about 15 minutes. After this time, you should be able to rub it off no problem. Similar rub on remedies to remove silver tarnish include hand sanitizer and a simple lemon and salt solution.
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- Whichever method you use, be sure to dry the silverware properly afterwards.