Silver looks simply elegant. The beauty of lustrous silverware is simply unmatched. Many women prefer to wear silver jewelry over gold due to its trendy, yet elegant look. However, a great looking piece of silver can just become unattractive due to tarnishing. It tarnishes when exposed to moisture in the air and certain chemicals. So if you want to have your spotted, yellowish silverware shine like a new piece, here are some homemade recipes to help you clean it. Yes, these work very well and are completely safe as compared to toxic polishes available in the market. While such chemicals can irritate your skin and cause other health problems, opting for homemade silver polish is a smart idea.
How to Make Homemade Silver Polish?
To make this, you will need 2 cups of whole milk with 5 tsp of cream of tartar and a plastic bowl. Instead of tartar, you can use same amount of vinegar or lemon juice as well. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl and place the pieces of silver in this. Leave it overnight. Next morning, wash it with cold water. Wipe with clean, soft cotton cloth to have shining silver.
Toothpaste is one of the best ways of cleaning your silver items and making them glossy as before. Take a gel-free, white-colored toothpaste and apply this all over the silver item (cover the entire silver surface). Wait for 10 minutes and take a soft bristle toothbrush. Scrub the surface gently and then wash off with cold water. Use a clean and very soft cloth to buff the surface and give it a lustrous appearance.
This recipe requires ammonia (non-sudsing type), liquid soap, and liquid bluing, 1/2 cup each. Also, take a cup of hot water. You can find liquid bluing in any grocery store, usually in the laundry section. Now mix these ingredients in a plastic bottle and close the cap. Shake well and let it cool.
Once the liquid cools to room temperature, shake it well and apply it on the silver items using a clean soft, lint-free cloth. Rub the cloth gently and ensure that entire surface is covered with this polish. Now wash off with cold water and wipe using soft cloth. Buff it with a non-linting cloth and see the result.
Take 1 quart of water, 1 tbsp of baking soda, and 1 tbsp of salt. You'll also need a glass pan and an aluminum foil, enough to cover its inner surface. Firstly, wash the silver items with water to remove dust. Now, line the pan with aluminum foil to cover its inner side. Place the item in this foiled pan and pour water to cover the item.
Add baking soda to this water and turn on the heat. As water starts boiling, turn off the heat. Leave it for about an hour. Once you see that the silver is clean, take it out and wash with cold water. Wipe and buff it with a soft, clean cloth to have an ultimate piece.
Whenever you see tarnished silver, try these homemade polish recipes to maintain their look. The recipes given above will help you have clean and glistening pieces of silver.