After the rather disappointing outcome of Make Do and Mend Silver Polish-Take 1-Tomato Ketchup, I am embarking on Take 2…
Thankyou to everyone who left comments on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter with vastly superior methods of homemade silver polish 🙂
The two most popular methods suggested were:
- Toothpaste-rub it on, and polish
- Foil, bicarb and hot water-put some foil in a plastic tub with the some hot water and some bicarb and your silver. Let it all fizz and do it’s science’y thing.
Given that I have two ears, and therefore two earrings, I thought I would be a bit geeky and try one method per earring, and then compare and contrast (I think I may need to get out more…)
Materials: 1 tarnished silver earring; Boot’s Smile toothpaste (or similar-other toothpastes are available); flannel/piece of tissue
Method: Apply ‘blob’ of toothpaste to earring,
rub with flannel to remove tarnish, admire
- Bicarb, foil and water
Materials: 1 tarnished silver earring, plastic pot, hot water, bicarbonate of soda, scraps of foil
Method: Place earring, a couple of foil scraps, a ‘shake’ of bicarb, in the plastic pot
Add hot water, shake and stir, examine earring, think that nothing is happening so add more bicarb and repeat the shaking and stirring, examine earring again, mutter about rubbish methods and stomp upstairs for a shower, come back down and re-examine earring, squeal in delight
So I can scientifically conclude that both of these methods work very well.
I will probably stick with the toothpaste for my teeny tiny earrings, but if I had vast amounts of silver to polish, then I would go with the foil and bicarb method.
Hurray for blogging and lovely readers who leave brilliant tips that actually work 🙂