The easiest and most frugal way to shine silver,silver plate and brass is with Tide and tinfoil! Line the bottom of a plastic tub with tinfoil, shine side up, throw in some of the powder detergent and let the silver soak for about 25 minutes. The chemical reaction oxidizes the tarnish and you can wipe it clean! An antique store owner shared this tip with me; she recommended Tide, but it could be that any powder detergent could work as well. I cleaned every bit of brass and silver in my home in minutes!
This also works well with 1 Tablespoon each of salt and baking soda. Put jewelery on a sheet of foil in a glass pan and pour boiling water over it. This also works with an aluminun pan.
Of course you added water? How much? Just to cover item to soak?
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