I have an heirloom that is silver and I have been wanting to clean it up. I decided to try a bunch of cleaning silver hacks to see what would work best to clean it. I started with some silverware that I had to do the test runs.
top 3 Cleaning Sliver Hack winners!
1. Boiling silver hack method:
In a pot place a large piece of tin foil in the bottom, fill with 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Bring to a boil.
Place your silver in the boiling water for 10-30 seconds and pull out. It’s pretty amazing to watch the tarnish literally disappear!
2. Baking Soda & Water Paste silver hack
Place 1/4 cup baking soda and 1-2 tablespoons of water into a bowl and make a paste.
Use a cloth to rub the mixture onto the sliver. When finished cleaning, rinse off.
3. Toothpaste silver hack Method
For this use regular toothpaste (not gel). I used Crest no flavor regular toothpaste.
Put the toothpaste on a cloth and rub the silver with the toothpaste. Rinse off when finished cleaning.
Honorable Mention Silver hacks:
These techniques worked but not quite as well as the above or took a little longer or more effort than I wanted.
4. Water & Ammonia silver hack
Place 1 cup of warm water in a bowl. Add 1/2 c. Ammonia, stir, and place the silver in the bowl.
Let soak for 10 minutes. When finished use a cloth to wipe clean and rinse off. I found it didn’t completely come clean but it did make a difference.
5. Vinegar & Baking Soda silver hack
Place 1/2 cup vinegar in a bowl with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Let soak for 2-3 hours.
Let soak for 2-3 hours, rinse and dry off. I found that I needed to use a scrub pad and still scrub at it after it soaked. I was digging into the baking soda to do the scrubbing. So it worked but why not just use the baking soda technique from above…
6. Lemon Juice, Water, & Powdered Milk silver hack
In a dish place 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup instant powdered milk and mix. It literally turns sour and looks gross (just a heads up).
Let this soak overnight. The next day takes a cloth and wipe clean. Once it’s clean rinse it off. This method worked pretty well and surprised me. I just don’t know if I want to wait a whole day for everything to get cleaned.
What didn’t work???
- Soaking in lemon lime soda for 1 hour
- Cleaning with hand sanitizer – although if you’re looking to remove fingerprints and such this worked great for that and gave it a nice shine.
Special notes for Cleaning Silver Hacks
- To stop the tarnish from coming back with regards to small items and silverware – place in a ziploc baggie and squeeze as much air out as possible. It’s the air that causes the tarnish to come back.
- For Silver plated items, stay away from acid cleaners like vinegar and lemon juice as it could harm the plating.
Here is my heirloom that I’m going to clean up and turn into a lamp… coming soon
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