Baking Powder – The Eco Way To Clean Your Silver Plating
No doubt you’ve all got tins of Silvo, Brasso and other chemicals used to keep jewellery clean stashed away somewhere at home, probably under the kitchen sink. But did you know that you actually don’t need to use these products to keep your silver plating clean and looking like new all the time?
Oh, no. In fact, there’s a much greener alternative that is both kinder to the environment and won’t have you breathing in lots of harsh chemicals as you polish your jewellery and cutlery up every few months.
That’s right – we’re talking about baking powder. All you have to do is get a plastic tub that’s big enough to hold your jewellery or whatever it is that needs a good clean, some tin foil, hot water and a couple of tablespoons of baking powder.
So – bring your water to the boil and line your plastic tub with the shiny side of the tin foil facing upwards. Then put in your baking powder (around two tablespoons per litre of water is fine) and submerge your silver, ensuring that it comes into contact with the tin foil.
Sit back and relax as the tarnish is lifted away from the silver with very little effort on your part. After a couple of minutes, take the silver out and dry it using a soft cloth. It may be that you have to repeat the process a few times but we guarantee that you’ll be very surprised at how quickly and easily any tarnish is removed.
And did you know you can use a similar technique for cleaning your oven? Put your baking powder in some boiling water in a tub, put it in the oven and leave it for 20 minutes or so, until the bubbling stops. Then open the oven, give it a wipe down and hey presto! It’s clean and shiny, without the use of harmful chemicals. Or you can try it this way – check out the tutorial on The Kitchn blog.