One of the most precious metal is the silver and used not only in bullions but in jewellery, decorations, and table wares too. This precious metal is susceptible to getting tarnished over a period of time and requires your personal touch and care to bring it back to its original glory and shine. Here are a few simple and easy Do It Yourself hacks of polishing silver at home. Go ahead and add that sparkle and make the occasion a memorable one.
1. Use Aluminium Foil
Easily available and ready to use, boil a sheet of aluminum foil with baking soda in a liter of water. Take care to boil water in a large wide mouth vessel or pot. Drop your tarnished silver ware into this solution and let it rinse in the same for about ten minutes. Remove the silver ware carefully from the boiling mix and wipe dry.
2. Mild Hair Cleansing Shampoos
Your jewellery is your signature of style and aristocracy. Tarnished silver jewellery may have a metallic value, but if worn it reflects a dowdy look. Add that extra sparkle to your jewellery by rinsing them in a cup of luke warm water bubbled with a mild shampoo. Let it soak for about an hour. Gently scrub with a baby toothbrush and again rinse in plain clean water and wipe dry with a soft clean cloth. This method of cleaning is to be used when the silver is used to set along with other precious pearls. The mild shampoo will not damage the pearls.
3. Baking Soda And Vinegar
Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one fourth cup of white vinegar. As the baking soda dissolves or mixes into the vinegar, allow for the fuzz to settle down. Now immerse your tarnished silver into this solution and wait for half an hour. Then remove the silver and scrub it dry with a soft and clean cloth. Store your jewellery in airtight bags and the right cases provided with soft padding material to avoid scratches and never bind your silver spoons and small cutlery with a rubber band. Wrap them in soft cotton cloth and no wool wrap is recommended as the dye of the wool may cause a chemical reaction to tarnish silver.
4. Banana Peel
Use a ripe banana peel to polish your silver ware. Rub over the silver ware with a little pressure and rinse in warm water. You may need to do this several times until you get the desired result. When washing small items like earrings in the sink, take care to close the sink water outlet holes with a lid temporarily until you finish cleaning the earring. Then remove the cover and let the water flow out. This will ensure your small silver item will not slip into the wash sink outlet and drain out.
5. Lemon And Salt
Squeeze a lemon and extract the juice. Add a spoon of salt to this solution. Use this solution to rub your silver ware and rinse it dry. Always use soft sponge while cleaning your silver ware.Also, never clean your jewellery and silver along with other stainless steel wares in the same sink.
6. Tooth Paste
This is popular method of DIY to polish silver. But then the whitening and tartar control agents present in tooth paste may be abrasive for your silver. For small jewellery items, use only a pinch of the toothpaste and rub the same with the tip of your finger over the jewellery, if the silver item is a bowl or a table ware, use a baby tooth brush. First rub the tooth paste on the tarnished area in even strokes either with the tip of your finger or a baby toothbrush. Then, wipe the item with a soft tissue or soft hand towel. Finally rinse the same in warm water and wipe dry again with a second clean soft tissue or hand towel. Take care not to use the same cloth you used prior to wipe off the toothpaste.
Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water and soak small items like jewellery into this bowl and let it remain overnight. In the morning, remove the silver and rinse the same in warm water and dry.