Many individuals take out their fine silver for special occasions, so the silver sits unused in the cubbyhole dull and over casted. Once its brought out you recognize the silver polishes containing harmful chemicals that is bad for the environment and for your health.
So here are a few methods to get your silver gleaming without harming the earth and its inhabitants. There are many natural ways for your tarnished silver to become shimmering and new after cleaning them with your trusted common household items.
Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda
First method is done in two steps.
Step one, bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Once it reaches to a boil drop your silverware in the pot for ten seconds (longer if it’s very discolored), then remove using kitchen pincers.
Second step, polishing your silver by making a thick paste with a quarter cup of baking soda and two tablespoons of water, apply with a moist sponge then rinse and dry.
Ketchup, Cornstarch and Vinegar
Second procedures include common condiment such as ketchup, cornstarch and vinegar.
A small amount of ketchup on a paper towel will help gently rub of the stained areas of your silver items. If your silver isn’t getting polished, let the ketchup sit for fifteen minutes then rub it off and rinse it clean.
A paste of cornstarch added with water will also make your silver new by applying with a damp cloth, let dry, then scrub off with something mildly rough. Last process is to mix one cup of vinegar and a quarter of water and bring it to boil. Place the silver into the boiling water a leave it in for five minutes before turning off the stove. After removing the silver pieces rinse them with hot water and dry with a soft cloth.
Toothpaste and Rubbing Alcohol
Third way are also components could be found in your home such as toothpaste and rubbing alcohol.
Just a dab of toothpaste needs to be squeezed on a piece of cloth to be rubbed to the silver.
Rubbing alcohol is used for mild mineral spots or residue and not for blotted silver. Combine one part rubbing alcohol and four parts water in a bowl and dab a cloth into the mixture so you wipe the silver pieces, then dry with another clean cloth.
Maintain the shine
So those are the three simple steps to recapture shine for your silver items. In order to maintain the glossiness of your silver you can store the pieces in anti-tarnish bags or wrap them in acid-free tissue paper and seal them in a zip bag.
Small tip never use rubber gloves or store anything rubber near the silver, as rubber corrodes and rusts silver.