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By Ms_Thrifty from Houston, TX
Do not use this on silver plated items, it will remove the silver plating. This is only safe for sterling silver. I worked in a store selling silver & we learned the hard way that this will damage silver plated items.
I have to disagree with the previous poster with regard to the chemistry of this process. The black tarnish on silver is silver sulphide. If you polish this off, you remove some silver. If you use the commercial dips, you also remove the silver along with the sulphides. Using this process (which will work with baking soda, washing soda, or borax - but leave out the vinegar - it is just neutralizing the sodas). What you do is remove the sulphide from the silver, and it bonds onto the aluminum to make aluminum sulphide.
The silver remains on the item. The soda and the salt create an electrolyte solution which makes the process happen quickly; the hot water speeds up the process. With very hot water, you will smell the sulfur as well. It works because the aluminum will bond more readily with the sulfur atoms than the silver does. (I remind you to leave out the vinegar - it serves no purpose in this solution, and, in fact, slows it up a little.)
NEVER, EVER do this is you are cleaning sterling flatware or sterling jewelry. It will remove and pit the sterling finish and rending the piece valueless. I am an antique dealer and have seen many gorgeous old heirloom sterling services brought into our shop and we regretted to tell them that the cleaning method ruined them.
Here's a recipe for cleaning silverware.
Soak 1 hour. Then wash.
By Robin from Washington, IA
does this work on every day silverware too? My teaspoons have coffee stains..
i really want to try this but in the reciepe is that baking soda or soda pop?
Editor's Note: Baking Soda
I have very large pieces of antique silverware which are badly tarnished. Please advise if I need to add hot water? I also have a huge bucket ( a champagne bucket /water jug /containers etc in siiver with intricate work on it. I am unable to find a dish large enough to place all these dishes. Please advise.
This is a guide about cleaning silverplate flatware. Silver flatware tends to get tarnished over time and with general use. There are various ways to clean it.
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Please, is there an easy way to clean silverware without using Silvo? Thank you.
By Carolyn from Australia
Here are some home made remedies to clean silverware.
Use baking soda to do a quick, easy polish on silverware. Make a paste of baking soda and water, and use it to polish away tarnish. Rinse the silverware and dry with a clean cloth. Add a bit of salt or lemon juice to the paste to increase the cleaning power and make the piece smell nice.
Use a paste (not gel) toothpaste and a soft toothbrush or cloth to restore shine to silver. Rinse thoroughly, especially in crevices or etched decorations
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My good silverware that we use daily looks dingy and tarnished. What is the best way to clean silverware?
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I had a mouse in my silverware drawer. The mouse is gone, but not the droppings. I need a way to clean my silverware without bleach, but I want to disinfect everything. Would vinegar and baking soda tarnish my silverware? Thank you for your help.
By Irene from Boston, MA
I use glass stove top cleaner. Wash afterwards and then dry well before storing. (02/16/2010)
Whatever you do, do NOT use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your silver. It will turn it black and you won't be able to get it off! (You won't have any mouse poop germs though :^) (02/19/2010)
By Polly G
Just wash the silverware in hot soapy water, either in the dishwasher or by hand. Wash out the drawer with hot soapy water as well. There is no need to do anything else. Soap and hot water are better disinfectants than vinegar and/or baking soda, and certainly better than the combination of them, as when you mix them, all you get is salt water. (02/21/2010)
How do I clean my old silverware? It was not taken care of and was stored in the garage and basement until I received it. I don't know how old it is, but it has been passed down on my husband's side.
Zena from Mandan, ND
Store the silver (when cleaned) in Atlantic Cloth, which has a tarnish attracting chemical (if I am not mistaken, it absorbs the sulfur in the air).
Fabric stores sell it by the yard and customized zippered pieces are sold at The Container Store. (12/18/2006)
Buy TarnX at the local hardware store or grocery or drugstore. (12/19/2006)
Do not use the aluminum and sodium bicarbonate method to clean silver. It will remove the silver plate right off your items. If you are cleaning sterling, eventually it can remove the ornate decorations. My restaurant has used Silvermate silver cleaner for years. It is a safe, ecofriendly liquid that cleans and polishes in just a few seconds without polishing your knuckles blue. It's mild enough to use without gloves. (04/27/2009)
By Chef Marcus
The best way to clean silver is to line a sauce pan with aluminum foil and fill it with water. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda for each 2 cups of water in the pan. Heat the water until boiling and remove from heat. Then lay the silver items in the pan so that they are touching the aluminum foil. Remove the items from the pan, rinse, and polish them lightly. The foil attracts the tarnish so make sure that the tarnished parts of the silver make contact with the foil.
With this method you are playing with fire. If you leave the silver in the solution too long, it will pit the silver thereby ruining it. And, remember just how wonderful it is just making your silver look nice by polishing it piece by piece. Do a little at a time then it is not a chore. Do NOT use this method on silver plate as it will take the silver off leaving either copper behind or some androgenous other material. (09/10/2005)