How to clean silverware at home
Silveware collections need to be carefully taken care of, to retain their shine. Silverware can often sit unsued, until guests come over. Over time however, when exposed to air and light, cutlery, trays and other silverware items, can darken and tarnish. Therefore, periodical cleaning to maintain silverware collections is needed.
The good news is, silverware can be safely cleaned at home, using safe products and natural ingredients. These steps can help make silveware collections shimmer, and be used to serve guests.
1. The first method: Aluminum foil & baking soda
You can clean your silverware using this method, in two simple steps.
Firstly, add one tablespoon of baking soda to a liter of water, with a piece of aluminum foil. Bring them to the boil. Once the mixture is boiling, place your silverware piece in the pot for 10 seconds if the piece is not very discolored. If you see discoloration, then you can extend the boiling time. Remove the piece from the pot using a tool.
Then, you will need to polish the piece. Create a thick paste of baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to a sponge, and gently polish the piece. Rinse the item and dry it.
2. The second method: Ketchup, Cornstarch & Vinegar
To clean silverware using condiments that you have at home, use ketchup, cornstarch and vinegar.
Apply a small amount of ketchup on a paper towel, and gently rub any stained parts of your silver items. Sometimes allowing the ketchup to stay on the item that needs polishing, it helps achieve a cleaner result.
Alternatively, you can use cornstarch and water, applied to damp cloth. Once the mixture has dried on the item, you can scrub it off.
Another condiment that can be used is vinegar. Bring a cup of vinegar, mixed with a quarter of a cup of water to the boil. Place the silver item in the boiling water for five minutes. Once you remove the item, clean it with a soft cloth and rinse it with water.
3. The third method: Toothpaste & Rubbing Alcohol
A dab of toothpaste on a cloth, can help clean silver items. Just remember to gently rub the item, to ensure it is cleaned.
In some cases, you can use rubbing alcohol, especially when there are mild mineral spots on the piece. Mix a bit of rubbing alcohol with a lot of water in a bowl, and dip a cloth into it. Proceed to clean the piece, and then dry it with a soft cloth.
4. The traditional methods
There are numerous silver cleaning products on the market, including mixtures and wipes. When using these items, it is important to apply them on a soft cloth, and gently clean the item in circular motions. When complete, rinse the silver item in warm water and dry it.
An Extra Tip: Never use rubber materials, gloves or cloths, to clean silveware. Rubber is known to corrode silver and can greatly damage it.