Well, before you grab that spray polish can that may be lurking under your sink and reads something like – “THIS PRODUCT CONTAINS PERCHLOROETHYLENE, A CHEMICAL KNOWN TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO CAUSE CANCER. CONTENTS FLAMMABLE. KEEP AWAY” and so on, pause and take a extra few minutes to put together a much more earth-friendly and non toxic silver cleaning recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Step 1: Ingredients
Pot of water to boil
Aluminum container large enough to cover the items with the boiling water. Or line a pan or bowl with aluminum foil. The aluminum is key to interact and remove the tarnish from the silver.
Boil the water and add the baking soda and salt. Do not add until the water boils.
Both must dissolve completely – about a two minutes.
Also note that it fizzes up so add slowly to avoid overflowing.
Once dissolved, pour the water over the silver pieces. You may notice that more black appears, but not to worry. It will polish off. In fact, you may see the tarnish just disappear in seconds. Then wipe dry with a soft cloth.
Quick, easy and a much kinder way to clean and green your silver. And as for any toxic spray polish – off to the local hazardous recycling drop off center!
Note – the sterling silver pieces used for this demonstration were both vintage finds at a yard sale and thrift shop. Spoons .10 cents each and $2 for the bowl. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!