Cleaning Silverware: 6 Useful Techniques for Stainless Steel

Cleaning silverware is a vital aspect of its maintenance. When properly cleaned, your stainless steel looks attractive and creates more appreciation for a meal. Silverware tends to get dull with time due to detergent deposits. Fortunately, you can use ordinary household products to get your silverware to sparkle. The 6 techniques given below don’t require much labor to put the sparkle back on your silverware.

Materials Needed

  • Shallow pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Soft cloths
  • Toothpaste
  • Sour milk
  • Bowl
  • Olive oil
  • Wood ash

Step 1 – Use Baking Soda

Line a shallow pan with aluminum foil. Place adequate warm water inside the pan. You should be able to immerse all the silverware in the water. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and mix well. Place your silverware into the solution. Let it sit in the solution for about 20 minutes. The baking soda clears dirt, grease and spots, which helps to polish the items. You may want to use a brush to scrub away tarnish from the silverware. Rinse the silverware with plenty of warm water. Place on a dish rack to drip. Dry the items with a clean dish cloth. It leaves your silverware with an attractive sparkle.

Step 2 – Toothpaste

Coat the surface of each item of silverware with toothpaste. Leave the toothpaste on for about 5 minutes. Use a soft brush to clear away the toothpaste, as you rinse the items under warm running water. This helps to clear spots and stains. Once done, dry the items with a dish cloth.

Step 3 – Sour Milk

Place about 1 liter of sour milk in a shallow bowl. Immerse your silverware in the milk for about 1 hour. The acidic nature of the milk helps to clear tarnish from the silverware. Remove the silverware and rinse with warm water. Dry each piece individually with a soft, dry cloth until it sparkles.

Step 4 – Olive Oil

Take a bowl that can accommodate all your silverware. Fill the bowl with olive oil. Place the silverware in the oil and leave for 24 hours. Remove the silverware and wash with a mild dishwashing detergent. Scrub with a brush to give the items a shine. Rinse and wipe dry. Buff the items with a clean, soft cloth.

Step 5 – Lemon Juice

Dampen a soft cloth with lemon juice. Thoroughly wipe each piece of silverware with the cloth. This helps to clear stubborn dirt and spots. Wipe again with a soft, dry cloth until each piece shines.

Step 6 – Wood Ash

Place 2 tablespoons of wood ash in a small bowl. Add in a little water to create a thick paste. Apply the paste onto the surface of the silverware. Be sure to cover the surfaces as much as possible. Leave the coat in place for about 1 hour. Use a soft-bristled brush to clear away the coat. Rinse the items under warm, running water. Dry with a soft cloth, to leave your items with a nice sparkle. You may want to take some time to buff the pieces for extra shine.