Cleaning silverware with aluminium foil

  1. Find a container large enough to immerse the item you wish to clean
  2. Put a piece of aluminium foil into the container and add hot water and salt.
  3. Dip the silverware into the solution and, after a few seconds, it will become white and shining.

As aluminium is a very active metal and silver is quite inert, the aluminium reacts with the tarnished silver, frees up the silver metal and removes the rest in a chemical reaction. Although silver is fairly inert, it will react with any sulphur compounds in the air which is why silver tarnishes slowly.

Using lemon juice to clean silverware

Clean silver with the juice of a lemon and polish up with a soft clean cloth.

Try using cotton buds to get into difficult crevices.

After cleaning your good silver to prevent it tarnishing, store it in an airtight plastic container.

Using toothpaste to clean silverware

Toothpaste is good for removing tarnishing on silver. Simply coat the silver with toothpaste and then, placing it under warm water, work it into a foam using gentle pressure. Rinse well.

An easy way to clean sterling silver is to use Crest toothpaste, a toothbrush and water. Seconds of brushing will result in a lovely shine.

Warning: Toothpaste is mildly abrasive so don’t rub too hard. Be very wary when cleaning antiques or silver jewellery as this can not only damage the item but may also affect its value.