Silverware is a wonderful addition to a holiday dining table. I love to use my silver cutlery on special occasions, particularly at Hanukkah. Over the year my silver undergoes a chemical reaction, looking tarnish and unloved. Every so often I spend time de-tarnishing my silver. I have two methods to ensure my silver sparkles during Hanukkah.
Method 1: Aluminium Foil
1 large sheet of aluminium/tin foil
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
1 large, high rimmed baking pan
1 normal pan
Boiling water to fill the pan.
Step 1: Line your large baking pan with the sheet of tin foil and place your silver items on top. Ensure each item touches the foil.
Step 2: Pour your boiling water into a separate pan and add the baking soda and salt. Transfer this water mix into the large pan with the silver.
Step 3: Depending on the severity of your silver’s tarnish you will see the tarnish disappear instantly or within 5 minutes. When the tarnish disappears, remove the silver.
Step 4: Run your newly cleaned silver under cold water and dry with a clean cloth.
Method 2: Silver Polish
Silver Polish Cream
1 clean cloth
Step 1: Pour a teaspoon of polish cream onto your cloth and rub into your silverware in an up and down motion. Try to use a clean part of your cloth as you go to not move the tarnish around.
Step 2: The tarnish should disappear within 1 minute. When it does, rinse in tepid water and dry with a clean dry cloth.