How to clean silver at home: two foolproof methods

Alina MilsentLife
Silver jewelry

Silver is a versatile metal that has only one drawback: the rapid loss of brightness. Silver is used in cutlery and jewelry, but even new jewelry begins to tarnish within a few months. The reason is not in the quality at all. It's just that the metal undergoes oxidation during wear, which leads to discoloration.

To keep your jewelry in perfect condition, it is important to carry out regular maintenance: cleaning and polishing. How to clean silver at home is described by House Beautiful.

There are many life hacks for cleaning silver online: from toothpaste to Coca-Cola. Here are proven products that can effectively clean surfaces and provide a shiny shine.

Aluminum foil

This method is suitable for cutlery and other small items that can be easily placed in a pan. The aluminum foil will cause a chemical reaction, and the sulfur (the cause of tarnish) will literally "pull out" of the silver during the soaking.

Step 1. Prepare the container

Line the chosen container with aluminum foil and sprinkle it with a generous layer of baking soda.

Step 2. Put the jewelry in

Carefully place each silver piece on the foil.

Step 3. Impregnation

Pour hot water into the container until the silver is completely submerged. Leave to soak until the water has cooled completely, then carefully remove the silver and wipe each piece with a clean cloth.

Scrubbing with food soba

An alternative option is baking soda. This method is as effective as the aluminum reaction.

Mix baking soda and warm water in a 2:1 ratio and mix thoroughly to form a paste-like consistency. It should be thick enough not to spread.

Use a cloth or a toothbrush to rub the mixture into the silverware. Put the silver in a cool and dry place and wait 5-10 minutes for the mixture to work. If the silver is too dull, more time will be needed.

Rinse the silver under cool water and polish with a clean, dry cloth.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you that even rather strange ingredients can help clean silver: potato flour and chicken egg white.

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