The garage is one of my favorite places to shop at estate sales. You find the usual assortment of rakes and lawn mowers and tools, but there’s usually other cool stuff out there too.
Case in point: this $10 silver urn/trophy cup/champagne bucket/vase that I found on a dusty shelf in the garage of an estate sale.
While I love the look of silver, I hate polishing it. So I use the super simple baking soda/aluminum foil method instead. It works like this.
First, line a glass or plastic tub with a layer of aluminum foil and cover it with baking soda. (If your sink is anything other than stainless steel, you can do this right in the sink and skip the tub.)
Place the silver item in the tub and add super hot water. Boiling water is best. If you’re using this method for multiple pieces of silver at the same time, just make sure that a part of each piece is touching the aluminum foil in some way.
Let the item(s) sit until the water cools. You will know that it’s all working when you see how the tarnish has transferred from the silver to the aluminum foil.
This particular piece was one of the most stubborn I’ve done, so I repeated the baking soda/boiling water process several times.
The result was much improved, but I finished it off with a little bit of silver polish to give it a bit more shine. It didn’t take much since most of the hard work had already been done for me.
Do you like using silver in your home? Do you have a silver polishing shortcut?