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Handy Holiday Help – Polishing Silver

Faced with the tedious, time-consuming task of polishing the holiday silver? Here is an easy - one might even say, “miraculous” - way to have sparkling silver (or silver-plate) in record time. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A kettle of boiling water
  • Aluminum Foil
  • 3 Tbl. Baking Soda (per dipping)

1. Put a large kettle of water on to boil. Fill the kettle to within about 2” to 3” from the top.

2. At the kitchen sink, line a dishpan with aluminum foil. Cover the bottom, and at least part of the way up the sides.

3. Place the silver items you wish to clean inside the pan. They must touch the aluminum. Since the item(s) will be covered with the hot water, for larger items it may be necessary to repeat this process in two or three increments.

4. When the water comes to a boil, bring the kettle over to the sink, and add 3 heaping tablespoons of baking soda. It will start fizzing. Pour the entire contents over the silver items, to cover.

5. Wait about 3 minutes or so, until the silver is shimmering and clean. Then run enough cold water into the dishpan to cool things off.

6. Remove the aluminum foil, and give the now-sparkling silver a wash-up in some sudsy, warm water. Rinse well with hot water, drain, and dry with a clean, soft, towel right away.

Note: There are instances when this method of removing tarnish is so efficient that the silver needs to have its “patina” restored. If that is the case, just buff it up quickly with a little silver polish and a soft cloth.

Now take the afternoon off!




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