Natural Silver Cleaner Recipes makes the tedious chore of cleaning sterling silver and silver plated items faster. Best of all....they're simple, natural and affordable!!
Below you will find:
- Two recipes for cleaning silver using a disposable aluminum pan and/or foil recipe.
- How to clean silver.
- How to store silver
- Tips and more.
Let's get started!
Aluminum Foil Recipes
Two Aluminum foil recipe options:
Option 1: Using a disposable foil pan, (or line a pan with foil) place silver inside pan. Sprinkle approximately 1/2 - 1 C of baking soda over the silverware. Next, pour boiling hot water to completely cover the silver. Don't be alarmed by the smelly reaction....the foil, silver and baking soda together create a chemical reaction, ion exchange which is what you want, allow the reaction to do it's job. Place a piece of aluminum foil at the bottom of your kitchen sink and fill the sink with enough water to cover the silver. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of salt and then place your silver pieces in the water and allow to soak for 3-5 minutes, remove, rinse and dry. For badly tarnished pieces, you may need to repeat the process.
Option 2: Place a piece of aluminum foil at the bottom of your kitchen sink and fill the sink with enough water to cover the silver. Sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of salt and then place your silver pieces in the water and allow to soak for 3-5 minutes, remove, rinse and dry. For badly tarnished pieces, you may need to repeat the process.
Once you remove the silver, wipe it down to clean the residue off and leave a nice polish finish. To do this, take plain, white toothpaste (avoid whitening brands) and apply to a cellulose sponge. Wipe on wet silver to remove the remaining residue. Rinse well and dry with a soft towel. You should have beautiful sparkling silver with very little effort.
This works on both silver and silver plated.
How To Clean Silver
First of all, if you use your silverware on a regular basis you won't have to deal with tarnish. If you do use your silverware often, just take care in how you wash it.
Silverware will scratch so it's best to wash it carefully first before adding other utensils and dishes in the sink. Use a soft cloth, avoid wearing rubber gloves (rubber corrodes silver) and dry with a soft towel.
If you have a little tarnish, use the white toothpaste as described above. (To
do this, take plain, white toothpaste -avoid whitening brands - and
apply to a cellulose sponge. Wipe on wet silver to
remove the remaining residue, rinse well and dry with a soft towel.)
How to Store Silver
You've taken the steps to enjoy your clean, sparkling, silver so how can you best keep it that way?
As mentioned earlier, if you use your silverware often it shouldn't become tarnished due to the frequent washings. However, if you're going to store it for that next special occasion, let's look at the best ways to store it.
First of all, it's important to make sure it's completely dry before storing. If you're storing silverware, wrap each piece in either flannel material, acid-free tissue paper or anti-tarnish paper. You can find these papers at most hobby stores or online. Once your silverware is wrapped, place pieces in an airtight plastic bag. You can also take it a step further and place a anti-tarnish strip into the box or drawer you're using to store the silverware along with a silica desiccant. (little packets found in shoe boxes, etc.) Again, these products can be found at most hobby stores or even hardware stores. The goal is to avoid moisture which lends to tarnishing.
Don't allow the silver to have direct contact with rubber, paint, stainless steel or unsealed wood.
Do not use lemon based dish soap when washing silver. It could cause spotting.
Do not store with any tiny water spots, they'll turn black and very difficult to remove.
Do not put silver in a dishwasher.
Do not store silver in silver in plastic unless wrapped as recommended above.
Do not use abrasive material on silver such as Brillo pads, steel wool or any abrasive cleaners.
Do not use silver to serve mayo or eggs, use glass bowls instead.
Do not wear silver jewelery in swimming pools or hot tubs. The chlorine is too harsh.
Do use a horsehair brush or natural boar bristle brush to clean in difficult corners or etchings. (use a soft toothbrush at your own risk and remember, a little patina is nice in crevices to define designs.)
Do use Turtle Wax or furniture polish to seal the surface of silver that's being displayed.
Do remove salt and pepper from silver shakers to prevent corrosion
I know it's a lot of work to take care of silver and to set a fine table, not to mention the clean up. That being said, it adds so much to a special dinner. I hope you'll get the urge to do it occasionally and to teach the following generations to do the same. It would be a shame for this beauty to stay boxed up.