Over time silver tarnishes, leaving it with a darker color, sometimes even black. The cause of tarnish is silver reacting with sulfur in the air to form silver sulfide. The silver sulfide is what blackens the surface of your silverware. However, it is easily cleaned and removed with a homemade polish blend with a few household items.
- Before you can polish silverware it needs to be cleaned. Washing silverware will remove dirt, dust, grease and debris, which shouldn’t be present when you polish your silverware. Submerge your silverware in warm soapy water. Use a sponge to wipe away any dirt, grease or debris. Rinse thoroughly under a cool stream of water to get rid of all the soap.
- In a pot boil 2 cups of clean water. Once the water has come to a boil remove the pot from heat and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the pot. Allow the baking soda to dissolve into the water completely.
- Use aluminum foil to line a baking sheet. Spread the silverware that needs polished on the foil-lined baking sheet. Make sure the silverware is spread out and not overlapping.
- Pour the mixture of baking soda and hot water over the tray of tarnished silverware. Make sure the silverware is covered with the water mixture and evenly spread across the tray. Each piece of silverware should have contact with the aluminum foil on the tray.
- Soak the silverware in the solution until the tarnish is gone. Rinse the silverware under a stream of cool water. Buff each piece of silverware dry with a soft, lint-free cloth using a circular motion to prevent streaking.