Diana from Brookpark, OH
I think you can use non-abrasive toothpaste. (06/10/2007)
I have been told that good old baking soda is a good polish for silver. I haven't needed to try it out yet but it sounded safe and practical.
Hope this helps! (06/10/2007)
Several years ago a "miracle" silverware cleaner was being advertised. You can make it yourself by smooshing up aluminum foil and laying in the bottom of your sink. Make sure you put the stopper in first. Pour baking soda over the paper. Place silver to be cleaned on the paper and pour boiling hot water over all. The tarnish leaches on to the foil and practically magically disappears from your silver. (06/12/2007)
Line the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable aluminum pan. Place silver object on top of the aluminum, making sure the silver touches the aluminum. Pour boiling water into the pan until the object is completely covered. Add about baking soda. (about 1/4 cup per liter or 1 cup per gallon of water). As you add the baking soda, the mixture may froth a bit and may spill over. The tarnish will begin to disappear quickly. For badly tarnished silver, you may need to repeat the experiment a 2nd time to remove all traces of tarnish. (06/12/2007)
To add to Duckie's recipe, add some salt as well. You don't need a lot of either. I use a liter or so of hot water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of salt, and a large square of aluminium foil in the bottom of a pyrex dish. The silver must touch the foil. This is a chemical reaction that replaces the tarnish which is silver sulphate, with silver. The sulpher smell is rather stinky. You may want to use a silver polish to get a nice shine, as if the pieces are really badly tarnished, they will have a whitish look that should polish off. Regular silver polishes have an abrasive that takes off some of the silver over time. (06/12/2007)
These ideas are fine if your silverware does not have an intricate pattern that needs the tarnish in the grooves to be seen. The problem with Tarnix is that it takes all the tarnish off, but it also does not make the silver shine. It leaves a cloudy look to it. I have also used Cream of Tartar in a large non teflon pot and boiled the silver. The Cream of Tartar will also remove tarnish in this fashion, but do not use a pot that has a teflon coating or the Cream of Tartar will pit it and pull the Teflon off your pan as well as the tarnish off your silver. (11/19/2007)
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