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Silver ornaments, cutlery, household items, and jewelry are easily tarnished, scratched, and stained, leading to a dull and worn-out look.
Cleaning your silver items can return them to their former glory.
However, commercial products for cleaning silver often contain harsh chemicals.
Fortunately, natural products can be just as effective at rejuvenating your silver.
General Silver Cleaning
For most silver items, baking soda can effectively remove dirt and stains. Mix a small amount of baking soda with enough water to form a thick paste.
Use a clean finger or soft toothbrush to gently rub the mixture into your silver items.
Rinse the mixture off with tepid water, and dry with a lint-free soft cloth.
Finally, polish the silver with one or two drops of olive oil, applied it with a soft cloth, as this will help to prevent tarnishing in the future.
Cleaning Heavily-Stained Silver
For heavily-stained silver, you can soak your items overnight in a mixture of baking soda, salt and water.
Line a dish with aluminum foil. Place your silver items on the foil, and pour boiling water over the top, ensuring that your items are completely submerged.
Sprinkle one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of salt into the dish. Leave the mixture to work, preferably overnight, before rinsing with warm water.
Dry the silver with a soft cloth and polish with a little olive oil.
Cleaning Delicate Silver
For fragile or delicate silver items, baking soda may be too harsh. For these items, toothpaste can be an effective alternative.
Use a clean finger to rub a small amount of toothpaste into the silver. Wet your finger and continue to rub the toothpaste until it turns into a foam, adding a little water if necessary.
Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Apply a thin layer of olive oil and buff with a clean cloth.