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Today I set about cleaning some silver. I have a long list of things I want to do to update the stock in the shop and this was one such task. So I started the long over due tasks of cleaning these silver forks.

I also threw in a few spoons that I have from my great-aunt Kathleen.
After a little internet research I came across this video. So with some tarnished silver, aluminum foil, baking soda and boiling water I was ready.

It’s amazingly simple and quick. You get a large bowl. Make sure the foil is touching the parts of silver you want to clean and you pour in the boiling water and add your baking soda!

I decided to ignore measurements and just used a kettle full of hot water and kept pouring in the baking soda. Not exactly technical but it worked.

You then fish them out and dry them and de da it’s done. They turned out so lovely and sparkly! It also makes a fun fizzing noise that made Ewan very curious!

I am not generally someone who cares a lot about how these things work but when I couldn’t find out easily it bothered me. So after a bit more research I found this man..
The reason that this process works so well is that it acts electrochemically. There is a flow of electrons between the silver object and the aluminum foil, and that’s what removes the tarnish.” That’s as much science as I need but if you’d like to read more try you can here  and here.
But for me it’s definitely as simple as not shiney, fizzy fizz fizz, shiney.

I’m now trolling the house for more silver the more tarnished the better!

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