how to clean silver cutlery

How to Clean Silver Cutlery

Silver cutlery tends to lose their amazing shiny cover over time, turning them into black objects. Cleaning your silverware may sound like a complicated task, but in reality, it is quiet easy. You do not need to make any extraordinary trips to any grocery store.

Maintaining the attractive shiny look of silver can be done even while you attend to other household duties. You might be a little greased when done, but the results will put a smile on you.

Here are a few ways to make your silver cutlery sparkle:

  1. Laundry detergent and aluminum foil

This cleaning method is suitable for silver cutlery that is slightly tarnished.

Begin by lining the aluminum foil in a bowl then fill it with boiling water. Introduce one tablespoon of liquefied detergent into the water and stir thoroughly.

Put your silverware in the bowl and leave them to soak for up to five minutes.

Use kitchen tongs to pull the silver out of the mixture, then rinse them with warm water. After you are done, dry the cutlery by placing them on a clean paper towel.

  1. Using baking soda and aluminum foil

This is one of the most efficient methods of cleaning silver cutlery. The aluminum foil comes in handy when you want to clean many items in one go or several large items.

Spread a layer of aluminum foil on the bottom of a large baking pan, ensuring that the shiny side is facing up. Go for glass or ceramic containers instead of those made from metal.

Fill your baking pan with water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda for every gallon of water. Place the tarnished cutlery inside the pan and let it boil for 15 seconds. Use tongs to remove the silver and leave them to cool down on a paper towel.

If the pieces are still tarnished, you might need to perform the procedure once again.

  1. Using ketchup

The idea of using ketchup sounds great, but actually works well. It is a good way of cleaning silver pieces if just a few of them are tarnished.

Place a few drops of ketchup on the silver pieces and leave them for around 15 minutes. When the time is up, clean the cutlery with microfiber and rinse them thoroughly with clean water.

If your items have a few crevices that prove difficult to reach, gently scrub them with a soft toothbrush to remove the tarnish.

  1. Water and corn flour

If the shine on your silver has vanished, use this method to restore it.

Mix water and corn flour to make a concentrated paste, then apply it to your silver pieces.

Leave the mixture to dry and use a towel to rub it off till the surface shines. If you discover that the corn flour ran out, use cream of tartar in its place.

  1. Lemon-lime soda

Fill a plastic bowl with lemon-lime soda, then soak your silver cutlery in it. Leave them for an hour. When the time is up, remove your silver and rinse them with clean water.

Use a soft cloth or paper towel to dry your sparkling silver pieces.

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