I Like Shiny Things

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As it turns out, I did almost everything on my "want" list for Thanksgiving weekend. The most Wednesday-worthy item, believe it or not, turned out to be silver polishing.

I can feel your anticipation. Bear with me.

If you've ever pulled your silver out after being in boxes for eight years (ahem!) or gone home for Christmas and had your mom ask you to "help polish a little silver," (ahem! ahem!!) - then I promise this is worth your time.

I followed the method suggested in November's Southern Living.

(1) Start by lining your sink with aluminum foil. I found that folding the sides up to make a mini bathtub worked best.

Those pieces are my coffee scooper, sugar spoon, and some of the boys' baby silver that we actually use on a regular basis.

(2) Sprinkle the silver with baking soda.

(3) Pour boiling water on it, and prepare yourself for a stinky smell.

It only takes a moment for the bubbles to do their thing, and the tarnish literally falls off.

The super dirty (coffee stained) pieces required an extra "bath," but this was seriously easier than the way I used to do it with silver polish.

(4) Finally, rinse with cool water, and buff dry.

So, in case you missed it:

As a bonus, this scrub-free and quick method is inexpensive and all natural. Does it get any better? I don't think so.

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3 Responses to “I Like Shiny Things”

  1. Wow! I've always wanted to try this, but was skeptical. Thanks for the demonstration and the push!

  2. Amazing! I shied away from getting silver when we got married because I didn't want to deal with the cleaning. Who knew it was that simple!

  3. This is a great idea!  I hate the smell of silver polish!