How to Clean Silver with Vinegar & Tinfoil

Written by lane cummings
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Homemade, nontoxic cleaning agents are just as effective as their chemical-ridden competitors, and they provide the added benefit of not polluting the environment. You also save money, as homemade cleaning agents are nearly always cheaper than store-bought products. A homemade formula of vinegar and baking soda--both natural stain removers--cleans silver cheaply and effectively.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Water
  • Kettle
  • Aluminium foil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Rubber gloves
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Boil 4 cups of water in a kettle.

  2. 2

    Plug your sink, and then line the entire sink with heavy-duty aluminium foil.

  3. 3

    Place your silver goods in the sink. Make sure that each piece is touching the aluminium foil.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle the baking soda and salt directly on the silver. Make sure these ingredients are well-distributed on the silver.

  5. 5

    Pour the vinegar on top of your silver products. Make sure they are evenly coated.

  6. 6

    Add the boiling water. Allow the jewellery to sit for 15 minutes.

  7. 7

    Put on rubber gloves and carefully remove the silver. Alternatively, you can wait for the water to cool, and remove your silver products then, without gloves.

  8. 8

    Buff each piece of silver with a soft cloth for an intense shine.

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