Homemade Silver Polish Recipe
Using homemade silver polish recipes can help you clean up tarnished silver for cheap. There are many ways of going about this. One way is to use tinfoil and vinegar. What you do is cover the bottom of a skillet with tinfoil, then fill up your skillet with water. Add a half cup of vinegar to the water, then add the silver that you want to polish. Be sure that each silver item you place into the skillet is touching the tinfoil. Activate the skillet, bringing the water to a boil and letting it boil for 15 minutes. Turn it off, then let it cool for about another 15 minutes. Finishing by taking out your silver pieces, rinsing them off with warm water, then drying them.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
Another option is to combine vinegar with baking soda. To do this, take a small container and pour in half a cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Stir it up to get the chemical reaction going, which you want in order to polish your silver. Add your silver items to this concoction and let it sit for around 3 hours. Take out your silver after this time has passed and rinse it off under cool running water. Dry it well, then be sure to store in a cool, dry place when not in use when you’re done.
Alternatively, try a half cup of ammonia mixed into a cup of water. Let your silver items soak in this mixture for about 10 minutes. With gloves on your hands, take your silver out, rinse it and dry it. Instead of ammonia and water, you can also soak your silver in carbonated soda for an hour, then rinse and dry it after. Another different technique is to moisten some table salt and coat the tarnished areas of your silver items with it. The silver will be polished after the salt dries and your rinse and dry the silver. You can try polishing your silver items with undiluted vodka as well.
Other Ways to Polish Your Tarnished Silver
You can also try lemon juice. Soak silver overnight in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice mixed with 1 cup of whole milk, then rinse off and dry out the silver when it’s done. Combining 1 cup of whole milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar is a similar technique. Another way to do this is to try 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar with 1 cup of whole milk. Additionally, an alternative to the ammonia and water technique is to combine a half cup of ammonia with a half cup of soap, a half cup of liquid bluing and 1 cup of hot water. Dip a clean cloth into this mixture and use this cloth to rub the tarnish away. Rinse it and dry it with a fresh clean cloth to finish. One way not to polish tarnished silver: don’t use a scouring pad or an abrasive cloth, since this can leave your silver scratched.