Silver tableware, decorative items, and jewelers are one of the elegant and unique items that many people adore. The problem with these silver items that they may look dull and tarnished after a period of time, but you can make them shine like new without restoring to toxic chemicals. Here are 5 incredible ways to clean silver and make it look super shiny.
1. Aluminum Foil: This aluminum foil solution is one of the most popular for shining up tarnished silver. Bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it’s very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs. If built-up tarnish persists, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply with a damp sponge, then rinse and dry.
2. Ketchup: This is a little bit weird, but it can successfully do the job. All you need to do is add a little bit to a paper towel and then gently rub it over tarnished areas of the silver. For tough objects that just don’t seem to be getting any shinier, you may need to allow the ketchup to stay on them for 15 to 20 minutes and then rub the tarnish off with a soft cloth. For objects that have textured details like fancy silverware, use a toothbrush to get into those hard to reach areas.
3. Vinegar: Return luster and shine to your silverware and jewelry by soaking it in 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse under cold water, and dry thoroughly.
4. Lemon Juice and Salt: This hack will make your silver sparkle. Soak your silver items overnight in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup of instant dry milk. Magic!
5. Baking Soda: You’ll need to completely cover your tarnished pieces in baking soda – use a generous amount, covering the objects until they’re totally immersed in the white powder. Allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. After that period, dampen a soft cloth with hot water and then buff the baking soda into the piece using the cloth to rub off the tarnish. Rinse the object thoroughly in hot water, and watch that shine come through.