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How to Tackle Silver Tarnish the Lazy Way

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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