Whether it is jewelry or silver accessories, it is undoubtedly beautiful, but unfortunately, it tarnishes silverware quickly. It is not pleasant to wear jewelry that is dark gray instead of silver-gray.
So here are some tips for cleaning silverware, whether it’s utensils, kitchen implements, or jewelry.
1. Use potatoes
Boil potatoes in a saucepan. Then remove the potatoes from the water, but keep the water. Let the silverware soak in this water overnight.
2. Use milk and white vinegar
Mix a glass of milk with a tablespoon of white vinegar and put your silverware or silver jewelry there for a few hours.
3. Use toothpaste
One of the quickest ways to get us out of trouble when it comes to cleaning silverware is the use of toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush. You can use an old toothbrush that you no longer apply. Put a little toothpaste on your fingertips and spread it over the knife or cutlery you want to clean, you can also use a cloth if you don’t want to do it directly by hand. Then brush the entire surface gently, in case there are areas with a lot of dirt, rub more insistently in those places. If it has any edge or relief, pay attention to those areas as well. In case you don’t notice much difference, you can let the paste rest on the utensil for a few minutes and then rub again. Once you have gone over the entire piece, rinse it thoroughly with warm water so that no toothpaste remains. Then, with the help of a clean cloth, dry each cutlery and rub it until it is shiny and without watermarks.
4. Use aluminum foil and salt
This method is perfect for cleaning wings and small silver objects. Take a medium-sized bowl and cover it with aluminum foil. Fill it with hot water (just boiling) and add a large tablespoon of salt. Next, put the silver objects you want to clean in the bowl and leave them soaked for 10 minutes in the water. Rub and dry the items with a clean, dry cloth. If you are wondering how this method can work, it is because aluminum attracts metallic particles that blacken silver. And the salt, along with the hot water, takes them off.
5. Clean with cream of tartar
Cream of tartar has multiple uses in cleaning and cooking. Due to its amount of potassium, it serves as a stabilizer for some ingredients (such as egg whites) and is ideal for removing stains and disinfecting surfaces. Put a tablespoon of cream of tartar with a tablespoon of salt in a liter of water in a pot and bring it to a boil. When it is boiling, submerge the silver objects in the water and leave them for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, let the water cool, and then wipe the silver with a clean, dry cloth.
6. Cleaning silverware with boiling water
A straightforward way, although a bit cumbersome, to clean your silverware is to do it by placing it in a mixture with boiling water. To do this, cover the bottom of a pan that is not made of this material with aluminum foil, but is large enough to hold all the cutlery you want to clean. Add salted water and place the pieces stretched out without touching each other. In turn, we will cover the cutlery with another piece of silver foil. Put the saucepan over high heat and when the water starts to boil lower it to medium heat, let it boil for about 10 minutes and then turn it off when the cutlery has lost temperature so as not to burn our fingers, dry and polish them by rubbing with a cotton cloth.
7. Use milk
Boil a large amount of milk. Add a little lemon juice to it. Heat until the milk starts to curdle. Then immerse your silverware in it. Leave to soak for a while. Then rub a little and rinse.
8. Clean with isopropyl alcohol
This method should be known in advance that it is less effective than the rest when the cutlery is very dirty. However, it is a speedy and effective solution when the state of this household item is excellent. It is recommended to apply when setting the table with clean cutlery, and that they acquire a gleaming appearance as of newly released. You can also use it after any of the other ways to clean silverware. Simply dilute one part of alcohol for every four of water in a container, a glass or a jar will be enough since you do not have to put the cutlery inside. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and wring it out, then use the cloth to rub the silverware gently. You will see that without having to squeeze the cutlery, they acquire a lot of shine.
9. Use lemon and salt
If you like the idea of using the properties of the fruit for cleaning, try covering half a lemon with salt and rubbing your silver objects with it. They will be shiny! You have to insist rubbing for a while so that the lemon juice impregnates the salt, and together, they make an exfoliating effect, which removes the blackness of your silver. When you’re done, rinse or wipe off the remnants of the mixture with a damp microfiber cloth.
10. Use baking soda
Another way to clean silver forks or spoons to regain their original shine is very similar to the method used to clean collectible coins that we have told you on another occasion. First, wash the cutlery with soap and water, and then make a baking soda paste. To make this mixture, put baking soda in a bowl and add hot water while stirring until it forms a paste. With a clean cloth, take this paste and use it to rub the cutlery until they are clean. Afterward, rinse them with distilled water and polish them with a soft cloth.
11. Clean silverware in a less difficult way
12. Use a mix of white vinegar, coarse salt, and wheat flour
13. Soak a cotton ball in burning alcohol and rub
14. Use cigarette ash and lemon juice
Rub your silverware with a little cigarette ash and lemon juice, rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. This trick is handy for cleaning silver.
15. Use a metal polish
With a rag, rub your silverware with a metal polish. Rub in circular motions and insist on the scratches. Then rinse.
16. Clean with banana skin
It seems unbelievable, but it’s true! Silver can be cleaned by rubbing the objects with the inside of a banana peel. Banana contains active elements that help clean dirt on metal objects. Rub the silver several times, changing the banana peel to have a more significant effect.
17. Use chalk to preserve your silverware.
Simply put a piece of chalk with your silverware to avoid stains and verdigris.
These are our cleaning tricks to clean silver, do you know any more? Share it in a comment!