Using Science to clean your Silver….

Using Science to clean your Silver.

How to clean Silver utensils etc. Using a sheet of aluminum foil, hot water, baking soda, table salt and a pan to do this in.

  • Place a sheet of Aluminum foil on the bottom of any baking pan. Put your tarnished silver on the sheet. The silver must be touching the aluminum sheet.
  • Heat some water (in a kettle or souse pot) enough to pour into the pan, covering the silver. Add a small amount of salt.
  • Add a cup or two of fresh baking soda to the hot water (add baking soda before it gets to hot or your solution will bubble over) and salt solution.
  • Once dissolved and quite hot, pour this over the item  making sure contact is maintained between the item and the aluminum foil.
  • Watch the tarnish disappear, this process is sure to impress small children or anyone who did not pass middle school science.
  • Remove when water is cooler and polish dry. It works well and is far less time consuming and expensive than using a silver or metal polish.

Check out the website of scientist B. Shakhashiri for a scientific explanation of the process. Or just go with what works like I do and not worry about the reasons why.  http://scifun.chem.wisc.edu

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