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How to Clean Silverware With Household Products

There is no need to waste both time and money purchasing expensive commercial cleaning products filled with unhealthy chemicals, when the answers to having shiny clean silverware is probably already in the house. There are several household products that can make quick work out of cleaning silverware and do a much better job than anything you could purchase specifically for the task. With minimal time and effort, silverware can be cleaned properly to look as good as new.

Clean Silverware With Household Products
  1. Create a paste using baking soda and vinegar in equal parts, and coat the silverware with it. Allow the paste to sit on the silverware for at least five minutes before rinsing it off under warm running water and using a soft, clean, dry cloth to buff until it's shiny.

  2. Line a shallow dish with aluminum foil. Place the silverware in the dish and sprinkle two tbsp. of baking soda over it. Add 2 qt. of hot water, and allow it to soak until all of the bubbles are gone and the water is cool. Rinse the silverware under running warm water and dry with a soft, clean cloth.

  3. Rub the silverware with white toothpaste and a soft, clean cloth to remove tarnish. Rinse the silverware under warm running water and dry with a soft, clean cloth.

  4. Apply lemon juice to a soft, clean cloth and polish thoroughly. Wipe the silverware clean with a separate dry, clean cloth.

  5. Soak the silverware in sour milk for 30 minutes. Rinse the silverware with warm water and buff it with a soft, dry, clean cloth until it shines.

Warning

  • Stainless steel causes a reaction with silver, so avoid contact while cleaning as this may damage the silverware.

About the Author

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.