How to use natural and eco-friendly products to clean, eliminate oxidation and make silver shine?
Silver jewelry and cutlery need a lot of care. In order to keep them always shiny, you need to regularly wash and polish them. If you don’t know how, it is better to use natural, non-toxic products. Among these, there are baking soda and almond oil.
Furthermore, you should not store them in drawers for too long, or they will turn black. The best thing to do is to clean them every three months if you store them in closed places, or once a month if you display them.
During your weekly cleaning, it will be enough just to dust them off. Let’s see together the best methods to polish and clean silver.
3 natural methods to clean silver
-You can clean this metal with sparkling water and almond oil. Soak your silver in the water for at least 10 minutes. The, dry it and gently rub a few drops of almond oil on it with a microfiber cloth.
– Another efficient method is baking soda. Soak your jewels or cutlery in 2 liters of water for 5 minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Rub them with a brush in order to eliminate residues. Rinse and dry carefully.
– You can also use the water where you boiled potatoes. Its content of starch is amazing to clean silver! Soak your silverware in that water and add a tablespoon of vinegar. Let sit for a while, then rinse and dry.
How to polish oxidized silver?
If you neglected your silverware for too long, it has probably turned black. In this case, you can use coarse salt, an efficient grandma’s old method. The first thing to do is to cover a basin with tinfoil, then add a handful of coarse salt and 1 liter of boiling water. This solution has to completely cover everything you put in the basin. Mix until the salt dissolves, then soak your silver objects for 30 minutes.
Lemon juice is also a good method. Mix the juice of one lemon with two teaspoons of baking soda. Rub this solution with a cloth on your silverware: it will start producing a green substance, that is the oxidation. Once the spots disappear, rinse your silverware and dry it with a cloth.
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