Most people go all out for Spring cleaning, but my big cleaning craze is during fall. Before we are all shuttered up in the home, and stuck there for the next 6 months, I want to make sure everything I will be stuck with is clean and organized.
By this time, the silver items I've found in garage sales or been handed down, are looking pretty tarnished. My grandmother swears by some silver cleaning cream, but that stuff smells pretty noxious. It makes me wonder if it is safe to use on stuff you eat with. So, I looked for another way to clean my silver. I saw several people talk about boiling silver with a piece of aluminum foil and some baking soda (Apartment Therapy's directions here),but I had very little luck with that. (Has anyone done this technique successfully?) What has worked really well for me is mixing-up a baking soda paste and polishing my silverware with that. Here is the recipe and directions:
The ratio is 1.5 part baking soda to 1 part water, or whatever combo gives you a nice paste. Since I was doing a small batch, I just mixed...
1.5 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon water
But, if you are cleaning larger items, you can do 1.5 cups soda to 1 cup water.
Dab a bit of paste onto a soft cloth and use the cloth to rub in the paste. You may need to rinse and reapply the paste to get your desired shininess. When as clean as you want it to be, rinse and use a dry soft cloth to polish the silver. For really stubborn tarnish, you can sprinkle baking soda directly onto a damp cloth and rub it on the silverware until tarnish is gone. Rinse and dry well.
For my next round of cleaning, I hope to make a batch of spoon oil and whip my wood kitchen utensils into shape. More info on that when I finally find time to make it!