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Polish Your Silver Using Aluminum Foil

You don’t need to buy expensive silver polish to clean your candlesticks and silverware, just use a little bit of science instead. Make sure that whatever you want to clean is real silver, as this method only works on real silver and not stainless steel.

Fill a pot with one liter of water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, a dash of table salt and a piece of aluminum foil. Bring the mixture to a boil and then add silver pieces to the water. Only add a few pieces at a time, and it’s very important that the silver touches the aluminum foil. They should touch for about 10 seconds, or more if the silver is very tarnished.

This method of cleaning silver uses science to return the silver sulfide (tarnish) back into metallic silver. While this method works wonders, some people claim that it works too well. Antique silver looks pretty with dark tarnish highlighting designs in the silver, and this cleaning method will remove that tarnish as well. However, regular silver polishes will scratch wear down silver, whereas this method keeps your silver brand new.

This is a super easy, organic way of cleaning silver at home.

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