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Lifesaver: Clean Your Silverware In A Jiff

Lifesaver: Clean Your Silverware In A Jiff

1. Banana peels

Bananas are a proper on the go snack. But before tossing the wrapper, consider attempting this super simple method for cleaning your silver. Toss banana peels in the blender with just a bit of water to make a paste. With a soft cloth or toothbrush, begin to work the paste around your silver piece. Dip the silver into a water bath and work off any remaining paste. Pat dry with a clean cloth.

2. Laundry Detergent

To make your silver jewelry or silverware sparkle, line a medium-sized bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water. Mix in a tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent, then soak your silver for a minute. Rinse with clean water, and air-dry. Now that’s shiny!

3. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer not only fights germs, but it’s a great silver polisher. Squirt a few drops on a soft cloth and rub away the tarnish.

4. Toothpaste

So, making the silver shine again isn’t all that expensive, ehh? Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on a rag and polish your silver. Then rinse—and see how it shines!

5. Chalk

Here we share an old-school tip. Silverware will stay shiny if you keep a few pieces of chalk in the drawer where you store it. The chalk absorbs moisture, preventing your nice utensils from getting dull.

 

6. Vinegar

Time to bring back the shine to your silverware and jewelry! All you have to do is soak it in 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda for two to three hours. Rinse under cold water, and dry thoroughly. There you go.

 

7. Lemon Juice

Is there anything that lemon cannot do? Your silver will sparkle after soaking overnight in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups of water, and 1/2 cup of instant dry milk.

8. Aluminum Foil

In a liter of water, add one tablespoon of baking soda and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Drop silverware in the pot for 10 seconds (longer if it’s very tarnished), then remove using kitchen tongs. Tadda! If built-up tarnish persists, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons of water. Apply with a damp sponge, then rinse and dry.

 

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