I'm sure I won't be the only one with the "recipe" for cleaning
silver but I have a card with this recipe that I give to all who
purchase my chainmaille for making their silver sparkle like new...
My deceased mother-in-law cursed me with a silver tea set and it even
works for that. I just have to use the kitchen sink instead of a
Line a container with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Depending on
size of container and number of pieces, pour 1/4 to 1 cup (don't
measure, just estimate) WASHING soda in container. (Made by Arm and
Hammer, it is found in the washing detergent section of grocery
store. You can use regular Arm and Hammer cooking soda but it's not
as strong and doesn't work as well.)
For the tea set in the kitchen sink, I probably use 2 cups of the
soda. Fill the container with boiling water; drop in silver. (Or vice
versa--it doesn't matter which you do first.) In 10-15 minutes, your
silver should sparkle. The tarnish and discoloration migrates to the
foil. Since I was an English major in college and failed all science
courses, I can't explain why this works, but it does! I promise!!
One caveat--Do NOT use on pieces that have been deliberately
"patina-ed" or patinated." It will also remove that.
Ann L. Lacava
158 Overton Lane
Powell, TN 37849