Getting your fine silver cutlery out for Christmas day? Here’s a great no-fuss way to get it clean and sparkling before the 25th.
Make a solution by mixing 1 rounded dessertspoon of washing soda per litre of hot water, enough to cover the item to be cleaned. Immerse item to be cleaned, making sure that it is in contact with the aluminium when in the solution.
Lightly tarnished items should come clean in seconds, while heavily tarnished items may need repeat treatment and even the help of a soft-bristled paintbrush to help rub off the tarnish.
Do be careful though. I was demonstrating this on a television show and it wasn’t working fast enough for the cameras so I kept adding more and more washing soda, which worked so well it removed the silver plating! Be patient is the general lesson here, and don’t rush for the cameras was my personal lesson.
If you are cleaning a mass of cutlery in a stainless-steel sink or other stainless-steel container this will take longer, as the solution will first clean the stainless steel. It is the use of aluminium that sets off the cleaning action.
Rinse in clear water and dry with a soft cloth.
Do not immerse any non-metal items or items with painted surfaces, as damage could be caused. These could be items of jewellery, and be cautious if silver items have other non-silver components.