Ohhhh silver, where do I even begin? I guess I should start by clarifying what kind of silver I’m talking about. I’m talking about silver serving pieces in all their beautiful “antiquness” glory! I think I have a soft spot for silver service because of my great grandmother “Sugar” and my grandmother “Honey.” They both used silver on all special occasions and have passed various pieces down to me.
As much as I love the look of silver, it can be quite the challenge to keep it looking beautiful. Silver pieces seem to tarnish so quickly, which is why I’m sure most people choose not to use or own it. Also silver that is in good condition can often be pricey and another good reason not to use it.
I’ve got an amazing tip for cleaning extremely tarnished silver. The kind of tarnish that makes the piece not even look remotely like silver. I’m talking the piece that’s marked down to a measly $10 because it looks that bad! Get ready to blow your friends mind with the easy, easy, easy trick.
- Line your sink or large plastic bin with foil. Make sure the bottom and sides are covered. Plug your drain. The foil creates the chemical reaction.
- Next, add warm water. Enough to cover the piece you’ll be cleaning.
- Add a few shakes of baking soda, splash of vinegar, and a few shakes of salt.
- Put the piece of silver in the mixture and watch the magic happen.
Literally, before your eyes the tarnish will start coming off. You don’t want to leave it in the mixture too long due to running the risk of deplating. 5min is probably safe. Once finished simply buff with a soft rag or even use some silver polish.
This trick is for very dirty silver as mentioned above. This method should never be used as primary cleaning of silver pieces. Use store bought silver Polish to keep your pieces in top shape.