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How to Clean Silver Using Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil.

Tarnished Silver Bowl Silver Bowl polished and coated with ProtectaClear

There are natural silver cleaners you can use made from homemade items. Save money and avoid use of chemicals. Non-toxic and good for the environment. Cheaper too!!

You can easily clean silver with aluminum foil, baking soda and hot water. Thus method uses electrolytic action instead of chemical-polish abrasion and removes the tarnish from oxidized silver without removing any of the underlying metal.

This is great for heavily tarnished silver. You can even let the tarnished silver soak in the solution and extremely oxidized silver may just need light polishing. Once the silver is clean, you can seal out the tarnish and seal in the beauty with ProtectaClear.

Badly Tarnished Silver with Aluminum Foil and Baking Soda Next Step Wrap the tarnished silver in aluminum foil. Next Step
Put the foil wrapped tarnished silver in hot water with baking soda
Next Step The aluminum foil is now tarnished and the silver just needs a light polish Next Step

The polished silver is gleeming and beautiful.

The usual tarnish on silver is the black sulfide. The cool thing about this is that you can instantly remove the tarnish from any silver item with commonly available household items.

All you have to do is get a container big enough for the silver item, partially fill it with warm water and a couple tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. Depending on the size of the container, you can add more baking soda. Add the foil covered silver and let it work. The time it will take will depend on how tarnished the silver is. Check after a few minutes and let it soak if necessary.

This method of cleaning will work fast. It works quickly, no scratches, no muss, no fuss, and then all you you do is rinse the item off. There is no adverse environmental impact, none of the ingredients are in any way toxic (they are food grade!), there is no abrasion or scratching of the silver and you can use your bare hands to remove the treated items from the solution. Just rinse and dry the silver when you are done, & pour the "used" solution down the drain! Re-use or recycle the aluminum foil.

***Tips: Do not wear rubber gloves when working with your silver as rubber is corrosive to silver.

Once you clean your silver, how do you protect it to prevent tarnish again?

To prevent your silver from tarnishing again, apply ProtectaClear. ProtectaClear is an easy to apply, clear protective coating that looks very natural and will keep your silver looking like it is freshly polished. ProtectaClear is self leveling, long lasting and will keep silver looking great for years.

After the silver is cleaned and the polish residue is removed by wiping with a solvent like xylene or denatured alcohol, simply wipe the coating on with the applicator pad that comes with every order of liquid coating. You can also dip the silver into ProtectaClear or use natural bristled brushes to paint on ProtectaClear which is self-leveling and the brush marks will disappear.

Here are some examples of Silver that has been protected with ProtectaClear. Click to Learn More about ProtectaClear on Silver.

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