One chore, that I seem to save for Christmas time, is polishing silver.
I've always loved polishing, amazed at how a little elbow grease can turn a forgotten item back into a sparkling thing of beauty.
That was until I realized that your typical silver polish is full of unruly chemicals. I've always noticed it doesn't smell pretty and there's a reason why. Toxins baby, and lots of them.
This year I decided to try a greener method I discovered while reading Adria Vasil's 'Ecoholic Home'.
It's really simple. All you need is salt, baking soda, tin foil and some tarnished silver.
Check, check, check and check.
Mom, avert your eyes. What you are about to witness may be slightly troublesome and keep you up til the wee small hours, which is usually when you wake up, so, in fact, you could be up all night.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
This is my baby cup.
Pretty, ain't it?
Let's get started shall we?
Fill a sink, with water, as hot as you can get it.
Only fill as high as you need to cover your largest piece. While filling, add two to four tablespoons each of salt and baking soda. (In the end, I had to add four of each to make a good mix with the amount of water used.)
Once the salt and baking soda have dissolved, lay a sheet of tin foil on the bottom of the sink. I wore gloves, because the water was too darn hot.
Then place your silver on the foil, turning occasionally, as I found the side touching the foil seemed to clear up faster. The heavier the tarnish, the longer it needed to soak.
In the end, my silver had been left just a little too long to completely sparkle after this treatment.
I did have to use just a little of the bad stuff to return these pieces to their former glory. However, if done on a regular basis (i.e. not yearly) then a simple dip in the home made solution will surely suffice. Just to be sure of this, the male twin and I tested his pieces of eight. They were becoming tarnished from being handled, so he dipped them in the solution and...
And as for that baby cup?
Well, that old girl has been returned to her former glory.
Boy, did I get an earful!
Have any of you tried this method or something similar?
~Happy polishing friends!~