How Do You Clean Tarnished Silver?


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Clean tarnished silver by placing a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of a kitchen sink, filling the sink with warm water and adding 2 tablespoons of salt. Immerse the silver, let it soak for three minutes, and rinse clean.

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  1. Place a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of a kitchen sink

    Put the stopper in your kitchen sink. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil about the same size as the sink, and use it to line the bottom.

  2. Fill the sink with warm water

    Run warm water into the sink. Leave enough room to add your silver without overflowing the sink.

  3. Add 2 tablespoons of table salt

    Pour 2 tablespoons of salt into the warm water. Swish it around to dissolve the salt.

  4. Put the silver pieces in the water

    Immerse the silver in the salty water. Make sure the pieces are completely underwater and not touching each other.

  5. Soak for three minutes

    Wait three minutes for the chemical reaction to remove the tarnish.

  6. Rinse the silver

    Remove the silver from the water, and rinse it well. Silver with a lot of tarnish may require a second soak in the sink to remove all of the tarnish.

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