With the Holidays just around the corner it’s time to start thinking about getting your serving items {silver, dishes, linens} ready.  I love silver, especially antique silver, but I have always been hesitant to use it because of having to POLISH it ~ groan ~.  When I was younger I remember my mom having a plastic tray with a metal insert that she would put in the sink and then fill with water and something else that I just could not remember what it was.  I had seen some pins on pinterest and the most common something else was baking soda.  I thought I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try.

I found this antique silver tray at my favorite antique store for $5.00.  It was in definite need of some polishing/cleaning so this was my test piece.

First, I lined my kitchen sink with aluminum foil ~

Next, I added about a cup of baking soda to the middle of the foil ~ be sure you have your sink stopper in because you don’t want your mixture to go down the drain ~ you want your silver to ‘soak’.

Now….all the tips I read said to use very hot water but that didn’t work for me.  I don’t have my water heater set too high because of the kids and not wanting them to get burned accidentally so I ended up having to do this a second time but instead boiled some water in the tea kettle.  This worked like a charm for me but you may want to try just the ‘very hot water’ option first.

There it is ~ a quick, easy and inexpensive way to clean your silver WITHOUT polishing.

hugs, mb new logo March 2016