Author Jean Morrison
Make your own silverware cleaners
Even though your silverware is clean, it always looks better if it is polished and sparkling too.
Silverware tarnishes even just from substances in the air apart from the physical things it comes in contact with. Here is a word of warning though: if you have antique silver check first about the concept of cleaning it. Some valuable pieces can be de-valued by inappropriate cleaning.
Keep a close eye on all your silverware. It is preferable to clean off the tarnish whilst it is still a minor problem than to leave it until it becomes major issue and you then end up with permanently marked silver.
Cleaning silver method 1:
Half fill a large stainless steel saucepan with water and bring it to the boil. Remove the pan to the sink, preferably near an open window or an extractor fan. Slide a piece of aluminium foil into the bottom of the pan. Place your silverware into the saucepan on top of the foil and begin tipping bicarbonate of soda into the water. It will foam and a smelly sulphuric gas will arise from the pan. A chemical reaction is occurring and it will remove the tarnish as it reacts. Add more bicarb until the foaming reaction stops or until you can see the silverware is clean. Drain the silverware and wash as per normal.
Cleaning silver method 2:
Rub toothpaste into article and rinse well. Toothpaste is mildly abrasive so be gentle on the item.
Cleaning silver method 3:
Rub lemon juice onto the article and rub gently with a soft cloth. Wash in soapy warm water to remove all lemon residue and rinse.
Did you know:
In a September 1999 studies at Bristol University recommended caution in using aerosols and air fresheners. Research disclosed:
- In their survey of 14,000 pregnant women, they found that in homes where aerosols and air fresheners were used frequently, mothers suffered from 25% more headaches and 19% more depression
- They found infants under six months had 30% more ear infections and 22% higher incidence of diarrhoea.
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