10 Frugal Ways to Make Your Silver SparkleOnce upon a time, women use to get out there special silver cleaning gloves, cleaning solution, a few rags, and they would sit down and the kitchen table for hours bringing their silver to a mirror shine. Today, we just don’t seem to have the time to go through that whole process, nor do we want to expose ourselves to harsh chemicals. But the silver continues to tarnish either way. So what do we do?
Luckily, you don’t need to have a great deal of time or money in order to make your silver sparkle! Below, you will find 10 frugal ways to make your silver sparkle and looking like new.
The best thing about all of these methods is, I am willing to bet you already have these
ingredients around your home. If not, a quick trip to your local grocer or even a dollar store will get you the supplies you need. Please note, these tips are ideal for silver and silver plate items including flatware, tea sets, jewelry, etc. You will want to take caution of course when attempting any of these tips on older or fragile pieces. Now let’s take a look!
1. The power of peels.
Did you know banana peels remove tarnish? You can simply rub the underside of the peel directly on the silver and rinse, or blend it up into a fine paste and massage onto the piece and rinse.
2. Awesome aluminum foil.
Line a bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with hot water as well as one tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent. Use powder only. Soak your silver for one minute and rinse. Repeat if needed.
3. Beautiful baking soda.
Create a polishing paste using a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Mix well and apply with a damp cloth. Massage, then rinse with warm water.
4. Amazing ammonia.
Create a polishing mixture of 1/2 cup of ammonia and 1 cup warm water. Apply, massage, and rinse with warm water.
5. Budget friendly beer.
Using a light ale pour the beer over your tarnished areas and massage gently. Rinse with warm water and repeat as necessary.
6. What? Denture cleanser?
Sure! Not only are they cheap, but all you need to do is drop a tablet or two in a bowl of water and allow your flatware or other silver items to sit. Wait fifteen minutes, rinse, and repeat if you need.
7. Centsible Club Soda.
This is great for polishing small silver pieces. Just fill a glass with club soda, drop your items in, and allow to sit for 24 hours. Rinse and repeat if needed.
8. Fabulous Fruit Juice
You can cut a lemon in half and rub it directly on the silver to clean and polish. Or, you can juice the lemon, cut with a little water, and allow larger pieces to soak. Rinse and repeat if needed.
9. Crazy ketchup cures.
Apply ketchup to a damp cloth and rub your silver gently. You won’t want to leave it sitting on the piece, just long enough to rub, then rinse and repeat. How easy is that?
10. Va Va Vinegar!
Create a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Soak your pieces for several hours, then rinse with cold water. Repeat if needed.
Remember to always use a gentle hand and soft cloth when cleaning silver. You don’t want to scratch it or scuff it with abrasives!
As you can see, these are ten simple ways to keep your silver sparkling like new for less. Plus, your house won’t smell like a chemical factory. Which one of these methods will you try? Either way, you are going to love getting that sparkle for less!