While a typical rinse will keep your silverware clean, water and dishwashing liquid could, over time, dull the gleam and sparkle of your finest silver utensils. Look to the following materials to restore the shine to tarnished silver spoons, forks, and cutlery through a simple procedure.
(1) BAKING SODA
Line the inside of a shallow pan with aluminum foil. Fill the pan with clean water. Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into the water. Then, place your silverware into the pan and leave for 10 minutes. Baking soda serves to lift grease, stains, and dirt from the silver. Wash the silverware with warm running water afterwards. Set them out on a towel to air-dry and buff with a clean cloth afterwards.
Prepare a small bowl of tomato ketchup. Place your silverware into the bowl and let steep for several minutes. Then, with an old toothbrush, gently scrub the ketchup all over the silver. The acid in tomato-based ketchup serves to clean discolorations from your utensils. Wash off the ketchup with water afterwards. Air-dry the silverware and, finally, buff with a clean cloth.
Wash the silverware in clean water. While still wet, apply fluoride toothpaste onto the silver, taking care to cover the total surface area of your utensils. Rub the toothpaste all over the silverware until the toothpaste turns dark. Wash it off and let the silver dry. Repeat the process if any discolorations remain. Buff the silverware with cloth.