Silver, while a gorgeous addition to the table, has a reputation for being finicky to maintain. Luckily there's an easy solution to tackling tarnish — no trip to the store to procure supplies needed. All you'll need is a large pot, tinfoil, baking soda, water, a pair of silicone-tipped tongs and a soft dishcloth — really, that's it.
The Low-Fuss Procedure
- Line the pot with tinfoil. Add a quart of water and 2 tablespoons baking soda to the pot, and bring the solution to a boil.
- Working with a few pieces at a time (to minimize scratching) gently lower the tarnished silver into the baking soda solution, let sit for 10-30 seconds, or until the tarnish dissolves. Remove the silver with the tongs; set aside.
- Once all of the silver is tarnish-free, rinse each piece with soapy water, and dry with a soft dishcloth.
Keep reading for a few tips and tricks.
Tips and Tricks
- If the baking soda solution loses its efficacy, dump it out and start afresh with clean water and baking soda.
- To prevent, or at least slow, the return of tarnish, wrap clean, dry silver in a dishcloth and store it all in an airtight container (a resealable plastic bag works well).
- Uncovered tongs can scratch delicate silver. Don't have silicone-tipped tongs? Wrap the ends of a pair of metal tongs with rubber bands until all metal edges are covered.