You love your silver but don't want to use chemicals to remove silver tarnish, what should you do? Here are 5 ways to make your silver like new without guilt.
1 - Baking Soda
Line a 2" deep glass dish with aluminum foil. Place your silver items onto the aluminum foil inside the dish. Next spoon baking soda onto the items and pour boiling water into the dish until the sliver is completely covered. Allow the solution to soak for a few minutes. Repeat as necessary.
2 - Homemade Cleaning Paste
Mix baking soda and water to make a paste about the consistency of toothpaste. Use a cotton cloth or soft bristled brush, like a child's toothbrush, to apply the paste and scrub your silver.
3 - Toothpaste
Toothpaste advertised as "whitening" contains light abrasives to polish teeth. Some even use baking soda. Any of these are good choices for off the shelf but non-chemical cleaning paste. Apply and scrub with a cotton cloth or soft-bristled toothbrush.
4 - Potato Water
Boiling potatoes produces a residue that will clean tarnish. After boiling, remove the potatoes and allow your silver items to soak in the remaining water. Repeat as necessary.
Whichever method you choose, after cleaning, completely rinse and dry your silver before storing.