No matter if you have a prized centerpiece for your table, a special family heirloom or even something cool like my Mickey Mouse silver bell from the 70’s, anything that is made from silver will eventually tarnish.
The good news is that cleaning silver is actually pretty easy and everything that is made from silver can be cleaned in the same way. Today I am sharing with you the easiest ways to clean silver.
By a mile, the easiest way to clean your silver is with silver polish. You can pick this up in most stores and you can easily get some for a buck or two.
One thing I want to mention is that while you can go into pretty much any supermarket and buy silver polish, if you do not like the idea of having to put it on a cloth, you can actually buy silver wipes. These are kind of like baby wipes, but they are made for cleaning silver. You use one and then throw it away.
There are many old-time remedies for naturally cleaning silver, I am not going to waste your time though and share with you the one method that has been actually proven to work. This is with aluminum foil and baking soda.
This is a very easy process, the longest part of it is actually boiling the kettle! If the tarnish is really bad, it may take a couple of attempts and if the thing you are trying to clean is rather large, you may have to do a side at a time, which if you do. Use clean aluminum foil each time.
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While it is pretty easy to clean silver, I have for you a few ways that you can make this something you have to do far less by keeping tarnish at bay.
You can actually purchase anti-tarnish bags which are not very expensive at all if you shop around. Put your silver in here and then store it in a cool, dry place.
Really??? Well yes it can, you need to use chalk with an anti-tarnish bag, but if you put a little bit of regular chalk into the anti-tarnish bag, it will help keep the moisture off your silver which in turn helps prevent tarnish.
When you are going out for a big night, you put your jewelry on and then give yourself a spritz of perfume. This is the wrong way to do it, the chemicals in perfume can stick to your jewelry. This is the same if you are cleaning your home, you do not want any cleaning products landing on your silver items.
You know in movies how you see people rub the silverware before they put it away? Well, this is because friction on silver actually slows down tarnish.
So even giving your silver ornament on the mantelpiece a rub down with a clean cloth every once and a while is going to help. Actually wearing your jewelry is going to help and just anything that gives the silver a little bit of friction is going to slow down the tarnishing process.
Many people are filled with dread when it is time to give the silver wear a good cleaning. However, as you can see it is much easier to clean silver than you would think. For me, getting some silver polish or silver wipes is always the easiest way to go.
However, aluminum foil and baking soda do actually work so if you want to clean silver with a home remedy that is the way to go.
This post was last updated on September 20th, 2018 at 01:37 pm
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