Silver may be fancy, but how you clean it doesn’t have to be. You don’t need expensive or intense-smelling specialty products for this chore—cheap everyday household items can be used to make your silver look first-class. Explore our easy money-saving tips on how to clean silver and restore its natural shine.
Use Aluminum Foil
In a pot bring about 4 cups of water to a boil. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of aluminum foil to the boiling water. Drop your silver items in and let them boil for 10 seconds. Remove the items using kitchen tongs. Dry items and replace.
The tasty condiment can also make your silver shine. Apply a small amount of ketchup to your silverware and use a paper towel to rub it over the tarnished areas. For very dirty or tarnished silverware, let the ketchup sit for 15-20 minutes. The natural acid from the tomatoes eats right through the tarnish and leaves your silver gleaming.
Use Hand Sanitizer
This trick is simple and quick. All you need to do is squirt a few drops on a cloth and rub your silver until it shines.
Use Window Cleaner
Restore your silver to its original state with a few sprays of window cleaner. Simply spray the cleaner on a cloth and gently rub your silver item. This will improve the look of your sterling silver with no hassle at all.
Use Hair Conditioner
Ever think something from your bathroom could clean silver? Hair conditioner prevents tarnishing and polishes your silver right up. Grab it out of your shower and rub a dab on your silver items. Wipe off the extra conditioner with a clean cloth and watch your silver shine.
Dump a can of lemon-lime soda into a cup or bowl. Put your silver inside the container and let it sit for one hour. After the soda bath is over rinse the silver and dry thoroughly.
Clean Silver at No Cost!
We told you it was cheap and easy. Your silver can now make an appearance at the family get-togethers and class up the whole affair. Having a clean home and sparkling accessories is a great way for any host to make their guests feel special.