Under the effect of oxidation, silver blackens and completely loses its luster. For fans of ecological cleaning techniques, here are 10 natural solutions that will restore their shiny luster to your silver objects.
Lemon: miracle cure
Lemon is one of the most indispensable products in the house. It is used for many things including cleaning silverware. For satisfactory results, soak a toothbrush in lemon juice and scrub vigorously. Let sit for a few minutes then rinse. Let it dry. This gentle technique makes it possible to clean silver pieces topped with fine or precious stones.
Baking soda: the essential
Like lemon, baking soda also works wonders. Pour a few pinches of powder on your silverware, moisten a toothbrush then proceed to brushing. Rub the objects gently then rinse. If the technique does not work, try this other trick: boil water, pour a few pinches of baking soda then immerse your silverware in it for a few moments. You will be amazed by the result. But be careful, as it is a rather aggressive process, avoid using it on jewels adorned with stones.
White vinegar for ecological cleaning
White vinegar is at the top of the natural products that serve as a weed killer, degreaser, detergent and more. To obtain silver jewelry rid of all impurities, simply let them soak for a good two hours in the liquid. Once done, rinse and let dry.
Toothpaste: also effective on silverware
The toothpaste trick is certainly one of the most used to naturally clean silver objects. Apply a little product to your used toothbrush then proceed to scrubbing. Do this delicately to avoid scratching the jewel. Then rinse with cold water, making sure that all traces of products have been properly removed. Finish by wiping with a chamois preferably.
Ashes: a grandmother’s remedy
Are you lucky enough to own a fireplace? This is great because you can collect the ashes to clean your silverware. All you have to do is brush the objects with it and then rinse. Always use a chamois leather for wiping.
Mix a little water with two tablespoons of Blanc de Meudon. Make a paste with which you will rub the silverware using a paper. All you have to do is make your silverware shine.
A silly tip: just use soapy water. Clean your jewelry in the classic way. You can also use dish soap for even more efficiency.
Why didn’t we think of that sooner? Boil potatoes. Then, filter to keep only the cooking water. All you have to do is soak your silverware in this liquid, preferably overnight.
Salt water: it’s as simple as that
Pour a large amount of coarse salt into a saucepan. Then, take aluminum foil and wrap all your silver objects in it. Drop them into the saucepan and boil. After five minutes, remove everything and rinse.
There are really a lot of unusual products that can be used to clean silver naturally. Beer is a good example. For this tip, soak overnight and buff and rinse the next day.