Homemade Silver Polish

You can make homemade silver polish using items from your kitchen. Here are a few different recipes:

Vinegar or Lemon Juice

You'll Need:

  • 1 bowl
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of white vinegar or lemon juice 
  • 1 clean, dry cotton cloth

Mix the vinegar or lemon juice with the milk in the bowl. Submerge your silver pieces in the mixture and keep them there for 24 hours. When time is up, rinse the pieces with cold water and dry them with the cloth.

Ammonia & Soap Whiting

You'll Need:

  • 1 glass pan
  • 1 clean, dry cotton cloth
  • 1 cup of soap whiting
  • 1 tablespoon of ammonia
  • 1 cup of soap flakes
  • 2 cups of boiling water

Mix the ammonia and soap whiting in the glass pan. Add the water and stir, then allow it to cool. Wash your silver with soap and water, but instead of rinsing it, rub it with your solution using the cloth. Rinse the silver in warm water and dry it with another cloth.

Baking Soda

You'll Need:

  • 1 glass pan
  • 1 piece of tin foil (big enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
  • 2 quarts of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda

Place the aluminum foil on the bottom of the pan and place the silver pieces on it. Sprinkle the baking soda over the silver and pour the hot water over it. The solution will bubble for some time. Continue soaking the silver until the bubbling stops. Rinse the silver with cool water and dry it with the cloth.

Be sure to follow the directions above carefully. Leaving silver in cleaner for too long can be extremely damaging to the finish. Cleaning metal can result in strong fumes, so be sure to do it in a ventilated room.

You should keep your silver in a dry place away from other silver pieces and away from tarnish-causing substances like wool, eggs and sulfur products.

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