With the Holidays coming up, it's a sure bet that most of us will be pulling out the fancy dishes for dinners. And we'll also be wanting to make sure those dishes are clean after being in storage all year! With that in mind, today I (Jessica) am going to show you how to polish sterling silver and remove tarnish yourself at home without using any harsh chemicals. Because, you know, our babies have to eat food off of these things...
A few weeks ago I picked up these sterling silver plated serving pieces at the thrift store for $0.95 each. They were beautiful, and I whipped out my smartphone while I was still at the store to check that the silver manufacturer was genuine. It was! I promptly bought them and took them home. The only problem was that they were crazy tarnished.
But being someone who loves a challenge, I knew I could DIY myself some silver polish! I did some research and discovered that silver tarnish remover is easy to do yourself at home, and uses ingredients most people already have in their pantry. Like vinegar. Goodness, is there anything vinegar can't do?
So I made my own diy silver polish and tarnish remover, and it worked! Check out my results:
You will need about 3 cups of vinegar, and 3 Tbsp of baking (or washing soda), and 2 Tbsp salt.
Cover a bowl with tinfoil, shiny side down. Make sure your bowl is covered deeply enough that all or almost all of your liquid will be touching tin foil:
Lay your silver pieces in the bowl, making sure they're touching the tin foil as much as possible, but not each other if you can help it:
In a pot on the stove, bring your vinegar (I used my homemade orange oil infused vinegar which is why mine is yellow), baking soda and salt just to a boil until the baking soda has dissolved. Them pour the mixture over your silver pieces:
The mixture will bubble like crazy when it hits your silver, but I promise nothing's wrong! Let your pieces soak. Soon, you'll start seeing these little gross pieces of black tarnish floating to the top:
Eeeeew! If you pull the pieces out of the liquid for a minute, you'll see that the tarnish will just be literally falling off. Check it out, isn't that crazy? Look at it just coming off in ribbons:
After about 20 minutes, pull your silver pieces out and rub any extra tarnish off with a soft clean cloth or soft bristle toothbrush. I used part of an old washcloth. You may have some tarnish left, and if you do you can always repeat the process, or use a little baking soda and water to scrub gently.
Finally you'll have gleaming silver, the natural way! *Does a little DIY happy dance*
This technique will be perfect for those fancy silver pieces that might need cleaning before your holiday dinner. And if you're looking for our other household DIY's, you can check those out at our for the home page! And Merry Christmas!