Last fall I wrote a post called How To Clean Silver ~ The Easy Way! It was well received and I hope you used it to breathe new life into your tarnished silver. The method used in the post was a salt bath using tin foil. A few readers commented that baking soda worked just as well as the salt. I thought why not combine the two and see what happens? The urns I cleaned last fall needed cleaned again so I decided to give it a try.
Not as bad as when I got them but in need of a refresh. I lined my sink with tin foil. I used Kroger foil but it was extra strength. I don’t know if that made a difference or not. I filled the sink with hot water, 1/2 c. salt and 1/2 c. baking soda. I stirred it up a bit and added an urn. Here is the amazing part. After only 5 minutes I rolled the urn over to check it and look what had happened.
Even I was impressed and actually a little surprised. It worked so much better, and quicker, than a bath using only salt. I lightly washed each urn to remove any remaining salt or soda. I buffed them with a soft towel and stood back to admire my handy work.
I changed the foil and bath after the first urn but if your pieces aren’t badly tarnished, I think you could do more than one piece at a time. My kitchen sink has 2 sections, one bigger than the other. I used the small side which measures 15 x 12 x 6. If your sink is larger I would recommend using more salt and soda.
This method is for cleaning only. It doesn’t polish silver…but I’m not sure that’s even necessary. Polishes have chemicals and I read that sometimes silver tarnishes faster when it’s polished. I have no idea if that’s true or not…I only wanted to share the information.
Learning about this process has enabled me to bring my silver out of hiding. For years and years I didn’t use it because I didn’t have the time to clean it. Now I can easily maintain it so it can be used and enjoyed.
If you have an extra minute here are some more handy how-to posts!