How to make it

  • Remove Tarnish from Silver
  • Tired of having to polish the good silverware every time you pull it out? Then, ditch the polish, and try this simple hands-off remedy:
  • Place a piece of aluminum foil at the bottom of your kitchen sink, and fill the basin with water. Then, sprinkle in two tablespoons of table salt; and drop your silver pieces into the water. Allow your silver to soak for 2-3 minutes; then, remove and rinse. The tarnish will be gone!
  • Note: Badly tarnished silver may need to be soaked a second time.
  • Why This Works
  • When salt, aluminum foil and water are combined they create a chemical reaction known as ion exchange. During this process, the tarnish on the silver is transferred to the foil. In fact, if your silver is tarnished enough, you'll actually see brown tarnish on the aluminum foil.
  • For tougher tarnish; double the salt and disolve 1 to 2 cups of baking soda in boiling water and repeat soaking process for 5 to 10 minutes. As much of the silver as possible should be in contact with the aluminum foil.
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    " It was excellent "
    sitbynellie ate it and said...
    I am intrigued! Don't have much silverware but I loathe using silver polish on what I have. Will try this for sure!

    Thank you
    Susan
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    " It was excellent "
    karlyn255 ate it and said...
    wonderful thanks
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  • sparow64 6 years ago
    Just found this while I was hunting the cornbread...lol...gonna try this one. I hate polishing the silver! Dumb question here, but, what about sterling silver jewelry? Should work for that too, huh?
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  • crystalwaters 7 years ago
    Yes, a very good post indeed ~ thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    Great post.
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  • shirleyoma 7 years ago
    Good to know!
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    invisiblechef ate it and said...
    Great post! did you know that you shouldn't use rubber gloves while cleaning your silver, actually anything with rubber can corrode the silver and promotes tarnishing of the silver, so that's why when you get really nice sets of silver ware they come in wooden boxes.
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    " It was excellent "
    pink ate it and said...
    Perfect! Thank you, it's Silver time for me and I would rather do this than the smelly polishes! *smile*
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    " It was excellent "
    kukla ate it and said...
    Does work well -- had forgotten about this one! Thanks, PointsEvenOut :)
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  • ivy 7 years ago
    Thanks shall try it.
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  • dona 7 years ago
    wow i will try it as i have party to make soon and all my silver are black i hope it works and i dont damage all my silver
    does this works for sterling silver also??
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    " It was excellent "
    liezel ate it and said...
    Wow! Great recipe!!! Gonna use this for sure
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