7 Ways to Clean Silver
When the holidays roll around it always causes me to look at all the tarnished silver I have in my house. Seeing that I am a touch of a silver junkie, there is a lot of it flying around my house! I have tried different methods for cleaning silver and in a pinch, I always go back to my favorite, but I know there are lots of different methods out there to remove tarnish when it takes up residence. As I was looking about I thought it would be fun to show you all the different ideas I came across. So here you go – multiple options in one spot, starting with my favorite!
Wright’s silver polish is my go-to silver cleaner. They make a liquid and a paste and I believe the paste is better. It comes with a little sponge in the jar that you get damp, load with the paste and then rub on your tarnished silver. It seems to cut through the tarnish rather quickly, occasionally taking a few passes when a tough job is at hand. I find that for heavy tarnish, like this tray I got for a few dollars at a thrift store, it’s best to rub the paste, rinse and then dry with a soft rag before making another pass with the cream. When the paste goes on dry silver it seems to cut through faster than when the silver is wet. I buy tons of thrift store silver, which is usually silver plated. When the silver wears off no amount of elbow grease will shine the worn out spots because no silver is left, but the rest of the piece can look stunning. Call me crazy but a little tarnish (and missing silver plate) makes me happy, my heart goes for anything well-loved! A quick rinse and buff and you viola, clean silver! If you don’t like this idea, I have more for you, especially if you prefer a natural silver cleaning method. Here is a side by side view of the job the Wright’s cream did:
This idea from H2O Bungalow is a good one: How about this natural cleaning method from Naturally Green Mom:Here are a few tips and tricks to help clean silver from Stain Remover 101: Here is a 5-minute silver cleaning solution from On Sutton Place: Clean Silver in Seconds like Jessica at Mom 4 Real:Aunt Peaches has a trick to removing tarnish you already have the supplies on hand (at least I hope you do 😉 )
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My favorite way to polish silver is to use Wright’s silver paste, and a teenager. If they’re not thrilled with the thought of helping, bribes are allowed on holidays when you’re too tired to care. I gave all the silver to my daughter last year. Paper and plastic is so easy to clean up.
Kim at Hunt and Host says
man, I need a teenager lol! My daughter would probably love to help, she is at the age she enjoys stuff like this! I love to decorate with silver, we don’t use it to eat with often, but it is so pretty!!! Merry Christmas
Marlene Stephenson says
Thanks and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Kim at Hunt and Host says
Merriest of Christmases to you Marlene!