Polish your Silver at Home

Polish your Silver at Home

I wear a lot of silver jewellery and polish my pieces with toothpaste when I think they are looking dull.

I squirt the paste on to the jewellery, rub it in with my fingers, and then wash it well under running water. It comes out shining and smells deliciously minty when I wear it.

A friend of mine prefers to use tomato ketchup. She puts a dab of ketchup on a paper towel, and rubs the tarnished earrings or chain with the towel. If the pieces are extra black, she wraps them in the ketchup-ed paper and lets them sit for 15 minutes. When the time is up, she removes the silver articles from the paper, wipes them with a soft cloth and then rinses them clean.

She claims her method works better (I disagree), but she has to admit my pieces smell better.

But there’s a third—more elaborate—method on which we are both sold. We use this largely for bigger pieces of silver, like a bowl or candle stand.

We need four things for this: a pan, water, aluminum foil and baking soda. Here’s what we do next: We place the foil at the bottom of the pan and fill it with enough water to cover whatever silver item we want to clean, measuring out the water in cups. We bring the water to a boil and then add one tablespoon of baking soda per cup of water that we’ve poured into the pan. Then we slowly slip our silver item into the pan, ensuring that it touches the foil. We let it sit for two to 10 minutes, depending on the level of tarnish, and then remove it from the water with tongs.

Voila. We’re dazzled.

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