5 Effective Ways to Keep Silver Items Clean and Shiny
Are the decreasing quality and dark color of your Silverware bothering you? Then this article is for you. Everyone has the worry from the diminishing shine of their Silverware, and why should it not be? After all, we invest our hard-earned money into it. But these silver items lose their sheen over time and build a black tarnish after some time.
But what is the reason behind that? Well, it happens because of the chemical reaction between Silver and Sulfur present in the air. But don’t worry you don’t need to run to Mount Everest to get your job done and to get the lost shine back. Today we are sharing our top 5 easy and effective ways to clean your items so that you can cherish them forever.
1. With Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil
For this, you need a big bowl, a piece of aluminum foil, baking soda, and some boiling water. Remember water should be boiling. Now comes the preparation part. Now take the bowl and cover it from inside with aluminum foil. Make sure that the shiny part of aluminum will be directed upwards. Now add a teaspoon of Baking Soda and place your silver ornaments into it. Add the Baking Soda as per the quantity of water you are going to pour in e.g.,1 teaspoon per cup of water.
Now place your ornaments or other Silver items into it. Now pour boiling water into it. Bubbles begin to rise immediately as soon as you pour the water. Leave your Silver items into it for 2 to 5 minutes if the tarnish is light and for up to 10 minutes if the tarnish is thick or in more quantity. Rub the items with a microfiber cloth and you will see that all the tarnish has actually gone and what you get is the old glittering shine.
2. With Lemon and Salt
It’s a kind of easy method for all the homemakers as it requires less effort and creates less mess. All you need is a lemon and some salt for this method. Take a bowl, squeeze a lemon into it and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Now place your Silver items and add boiling water into them. Leave all your Silver items for about 10 minutes and then start rubbing them with a silver cleaning cloth. This method is easy but effort-consuming as well. You require extensive rubbing for this method but if you do it on a daily basis then you can clean it with less effort.
3. With Toothpaste
This is surely the easiest method to clean the Silver items. All you need for this method is just your Silverware and toothpaste. Start by applying a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your ornaments or idols and start rubbing them in a circular motion with a cloth or a soft brush. Leave that paste for over 10 minutes and rinse off with clean water and Hurrah your items are cleaned now and shining like a new jewel.
4. With Vinegar, Water, and Baking Soda
This method might sound similar to you but don’t confuse it with the above-mentioned 1st method where we use aluminum foil. Here you need ½ cup of Vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda, and a cup of lukewarm water. Mix all the ingredients carefully and place your Silver item into it and let them soak for about 3 to 4 hours. Rinse them with cold water and let them dry or you can use a dry cloth to clean them instantly.
5. With Laundry Detergent
Similar to the above-mentioned method this is also an easy and effective way to clean your precious shiny valuables. Laundry Detergent for ages has been used to clean the tarnish from the Silver items. The detergent reacts with water and creates lather to remove the tarnish and dirt from your Silver items and also gives them a great smell. All you need is just a small cup of Laundry Detergent and a bowl of boiling water. Let your items soak in it for about 10 minutes and then rub them with a cloth and you are good to go.
These are all some of the most effective ways to clean your precious Silverware and make them shine like a new one. All of these methods are proven and time tested with an efficacy rate of more than 80% which is a huge percentage. Hope you won’t worry anymore regarding the cleaning of your Silverware.