Clean Your Silver without Polishing ~ Homemaking 101 Tip #7

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With the Holidays just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about getting your serving items {silver, dishes, linens} ready.  I love silver, especially antique silver, but I have always been hesitant to use it because of having to POLISH it ~ groan ~.  When I was younger I remember my mom having a plastic tray with a metal insert that she would put in the sink and then fill with water and something else that I just could not remember what it was.  I had seen some pins on pinterest and the most common something else was baking soda.  I thought I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try.

I found this antique silver tray at my favorite antique store for $5.00.  It was in definite need of some polishing/cleaning so this was my test piece.

First, I lined my kitchen sink with aluminum foil ~

Next, I added about a cup of baking soda to the middle of the foil ~ be sure you have your sink stopper in because you don’t want your mixture to go down the drain ~ you want your silver to ‘soak’.

Now….all the tips I read said to use very hot water but that didn’t work for me.  I don’t have my water heater set too high because of the kids and not wanting them to get burned accidentally so I ended up having to do this a second time but instead boiled some water in the tea kettle.  This worked like a charm for me but you may want to try just the ‘very hot water’ option first.

There it is ~ a quick, easy and inexpensive way to clean your silver WITHOUT polishing.

 

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  1. 1

    says

    Thank you for the tip. There is no way that I want to sit and polish silver. This is why I pass up sterling silver.
    ~we may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.
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    • 2

      Mary Beth says

      Thank so much for stopping by, Sue ~ I’m glad you liked the tip. Since I’ve been cleaning my silver this way I find that I am definitely using it more and I’m on the lookout to buy more ~ the baking soda and hot water are so much easier than the smelly nasty cream I used to use. Have a wonderful week! hugs, mb

  2. 3

    Vicki says

    I came over from My Romantic Home. What an amazing tip. I’ve steered clear of silver/silverplate for this very reason of polishing, yet I’ve inherited pieces I’d love to be using for display. Thanks!

  3. 8

    Nancy Marino says

    I LOVE silver and have some sweet pieces, but while I start out enjoying the polishing it soon becomes a chore especially when I buy a big lot of silverware or a boxlot of trays. My husband thinks I’m nuts when I display them partially or totally tarnished. I think they still have charm that way- sometimes more.

    • 10

      Mary Beth says

      Hi Gina, I have never tried it on silver jewelry so I’m not sure. If I ever do, I’ll be sure to let you know. Sorry my answer wasn’t more helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by. Mary Beth

    • 12

      says

      Hi Darcy,

      Once the water cools down it looses it’s effectiveness. That being said, when I cleaned my silver all of the cleaning took place in approximately 3 minutes. I cleaned some more today just to time if for you. : ) Once it’s done, rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

      I hope that answered your question.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Mary Beth