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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
Aluminum foil
2 Tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Water
White toothpaste
Old, soft toothbrush
Soft cloth
Step 1:
Select a bowl or baking dish large enough to accommodate silver pieces in one layer.
Step 2:
Line the bottom of the bowl or dish with aluminum foil, shiny side up.
Step 3:
Place silver pieces in a single layer on top of the aluminum foil.
Step 4:
Fill a saucepan or kettle with enough water to cover the silver and bring to a boil.
Step 5:
Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt across the silver pieces.
Step 6:
Pour the boiling water over silver until completely submersed. Soak for 10-15 minutes. If pieces are extremely tarnished, soak up to 30 minutes.
Step 7:
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.
Step 8:
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.

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