November 21, 2011

Cleaning Silver Without Harsh Chemicals

Are you looking for a way to avoid polishing your silver
with toxic chemicals?

Since I use my silverware only a few times a year,
the pieces just sit in a drawer most of the year
so I like to polish them before I use them.

I have heard that if you use your silver more often,
it doesn't need polishing enough.
Maybe I will try to remember that for next year.


Anyway,
before I set up my Country Thanksgiving table last week.
I cleaned up the silver so it was camera ready.

This is how I clean mine before each use:

Supplies Needed:

Aluminum Roasting Pan
2 cups of Baking Soda
Boiling Water

Boil a large pot of water and disolve the baking soda in it. 

Place your silverware in the aluminum roasting pan.

Pour the boiling water into the tray covering all the silver. 
Leave on for several minutes. 

Rinse and dry.

Done!
Here is a spoon against a black background.

And a knife against a white background.

It really does take off the tarnish.
Now, like I said my silver wasn't that bad to begin with
because I do use it a few times a year.
(In fact, I realized I never took a "before" close up - oops!)

But I didn't have to use any harsh silver polishes
and it was very easy!

One of these days I would like to do a side by side comparison
using regular polish vs. the baking soda method.
But that won't happen this week!

I am off to do more Thanksgiving preparing.
I have a bunch of ugly mismatched chairs
 to pull up from the basement...

How are you preparing for Thanksgiving?

9 comments:

  1. Hi Shelley I will definitely try this method. One of my dreaded chores, polishing silver!

    Thank you so very much for your get well wishes. The hip replacement therapy and rehab is going well; getting better every day!

    Love and Hugs,

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  2. Hi Shelley! I wonder how this method would work with silver trays and other big pieces? I use that horrible smelling Tarn-x, and I'm sure it's got to be bad!

    I will be going to my mom's for Thanksgiving. Hope your Thanksgiving is a happy! Don't work too hard! :)

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  3. Wow, that's some sparkling silver! I'll be bringing up mym off the basement tas well nee mismatched chairs, as well. Thanks for the timely tip!

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  4. Thanks for the tip. Now I just need an aluminum pan.

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  5. Hi Shelley! I've heard of this and it's so great to see it really works! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  6. Hi Shelley, just wanted to come by to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! I've never used your method of cleaning silver but I've heard that it works and your silver looks beautiful. --------Shannon

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  7. I have done this with jewelry too. Great solution.

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  8. Thanks for the directions. I can't believe that it is that easy! I need to remember these directions!

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  9. this is a great tip. I despise the smell of TarnX. Now, I have to get an aluminum pan for sure. xo

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