Homemade Eco-Friendly Silver Cleaner
I found this at http://www.associatedcontent.com, tried it on some old silver pieces of mine, and it worked great!!
Aluminum Foil + Baking Soda = Sparking Silver
Are you tired of spending a fortune on commercial silver cleaners and worrying about toxic fumes and chemical exposure? Want a try a natural solution? The internet is filled with "recipes" for homemade, non-toxic,
eco-friendly silver cleaners made from common household ingredients. Luckily, the first one I tried worked like magic using items I already had in my cupboards.
Things You’ll Need:
Bowl or baking dish
2 Tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Old, soft toothbrush
Select a bowl or baking dish large enough to accommodate silver pieces in one layer.
Line the bottom of the bowl or dish with aluminum foil, shiny side up.
Place silver pieces in a single layer on top of the aluminum foil.
Fill a saucepan or kettle with enough water to cover the silver and bring to a boil.
Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt across the silver pieces.
Pour the boiling water over silver until completely submersed. Soak for 10-15 minutes. If pieces are extremely tarnished, soak up to 30 minutes.
If tarnish remains in fine crevices or engravings, use toothpaste to finish the cleaning process. Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto an old, soft toothbrush. Very gently brush the toothpaste into the tarnished areas.
Rinse with clean water and polish dry with a soft cloth.
Tips and Warnings:
Review all steps before beginning.
Make certain silver pieces are in a single layer and not stacked in multiple layers.
Use plain, white toothpaste (works better than gel varieties).
Lessen tarnishing by keeping silver enclosed in re-sealable plastic bags when not in use.