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How can you make a homemade tarnish remover?

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Make a homemade silver tarnish remover using aluminum foil, baking soda and boiling water. Because the remover must be hot when you use it, you need to mix a fresh batch and replace the aluminum foil each time you clean the silver.

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Begin by choosing the right container for cleaning. Use aluminum, enamelware or glass, but avoid any other metals that react with the silver to make more tarnish. If you use an aluminum pan, you can skip the aluminum foil. Otherwise, line the pan with aluminum foil.

Boil enough water to cover the items in the container. If using a pan that is safe for stovetop use, you can boil the water in the pan with the foil liner. If the container is not safe for use on top of the stove, boil the water and pour it over the items.

Add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt to the boiling water, and place the silver on top of the aluminum foil so the solution covers it. Allow the water to cool, and wash the silver using water and dish soap. Rinse the silverware, and polish it with a soft dry rag.

This tarnish removal trick uses a chemical reaction to remove the tarnish. It can leave silverware looking flat and should be a last resort method of tarnish removal.

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