The holidays, they fast approach. Maybe your best silver serving dishes and tools are tarnishing in a cabinet, or perhaps you just found an awesome old silver piece in a thrift store. Check out this easy-peasy guide to bringing silver back to life.
I found this silver-plated Wallace Silversmith cake service set on Shop Goodwill, in the original case! Seemed a bit tarnished but totally salvageable. The average price for these run from $100 – $300, so at $20 I feel really good about my purchase. But how to tidy these up?
Enter some simple household materials, and very little elbow grease.
To easily shine tarnished silver, you will need:
Step 1: Boil enough water to put in the glass or aluminum dish that will cover the items you are looking to remove tarnish from.
Step 2: Line the glass pan with some aluminum foil. I lined my aluminum pan with foil too, but I really wanted this to work.
Step 3: Place the tarnished silver pieces into the dish, then cover with the boiling water.
Step 4: Sprinkle 1/2 cup or more of baking soda (one cup per gallon of hot water) onto the silver and watch the magic happen.
Step 5: After about five minutes, I took a little more baking soda and worked it into the nooks and crannies. Then let it soak a little more.
Step 6: Once the water cooled, I took the pieces out and dried them off, and shined them up with a flour sack towel.