How to Polish Silverware
Silverware (also known as household silver) isn’t pure silver, as you may know, but it does have silver plating. As time goes on, it will tarnish. So, what can you do in order to polish your silverware? Here’s an easy way to get that tarnish out and get your silverware shining again.
What you will need:
- Glass baking dish
- Aluminum foil
- Hot water
- Baking soda
- Soft towel
- Take your glass baking dish (or another glass container that will fit your silverware) and line the entire bottom of the dish with the aluminum foil.
- Fill the container with steaming hot water; the hotter, the better. Add salt and baking soda to the mixture; the amount doesn’t matter, just add a little of each to the mix and allow it to dissolve into the water.
- Place your silverware into the containers so they’re touching each other and the foil. The tarnish will start to disappear if you stay and watch it. You can leave tarnished items in there for as long as 5 minutes without any problems. Heavily tarnished items may need that amount of time to get rid of the tarnish.
- Rinse the silver dry.
- Take the soft towel and buff the silver dry.
If the first round doesn’t eliminate all of the tarnish, then give it about 24 hours and then repeat the process all over again. This is so you don’t damage the silver by leaving it in the solution too long. Also, it’s important to note that you can do this with other silver items as well, not just silverware; even your silver jewelry (as long as there is no etching) can go into this mix and become tarnish-free.