After years of searching for a good (and fast working) silver cleaner, I recently located one at a nearby jewelry store. I would never have thought of buying a silver cleaner at a jewelry store but hey, this is Costa Rica. The only place to find silver cleaner around these parts is where they sell silver. Go figure. I knew it was good the minute I took the lid off and that characteristic Tarn-x like smell hit me, sort of like rotten eggs. I’ve never been able to find TarnX outside the U.S. Over the years I have tried every single silver cleaning method known to man and absolutely nothing had worked. I’d read all of those “cleaning tips” sites where they tell you to place a piece of aluminum foil at the bottom of a pan of boiling water and then add salt or baking soda.Then supposedly when your silver pieces touch the aluminum foil, magic occurs and voila! The tarnish miraculously dissapears right before your eyes. Well, no it doesn’t. This method never worked for me in any of it’s variations, unfortunately. I also tried making a paste out of baking soda and water and then rubbing my silver pieces with it but the only thing that I managed to wipe clean off with this were my fingerprints. My hands ended up raw from the rubbing and scrubbing and I wasn’t about to try and clean all my silver this way. Then I read somewhere that toothpaste was the one of the best kept secrets as far as tarnish removal. One tube of Crest later my silver was smelling minty fresh, but was still quite black. In desperation I tried paste dishwashing soap which worked somewhat better than the other methods, but not nearly enough to make my silver sparkle. So I was quite pleased to find a silver cleaner that had that familiar stinky smell. I knew this was the real deal. I decided to start with some old silverware that I had stored in a plastic bag in the laundry room. My mom had bought them for me at a garage sale in the 80s. I have no idea how old they are and I honestly don’t remember ever cleaning them.
There were mostly spoons of different sizes and patterns, a few forks and one knife. I vaguely remember using some of the knives as screwdrivers many years ago so who knows where they ended up. Yes, I am hanging my head in shame now that I am older and wiser. At least I have all the spoons. This is the sad condition they were in.
I figured I would clean up two or three spoons each day until I was done so that I wouldn’t get bored and tired with the chore, there were alot of them after all. But I got so excited when I saw the before and after difference that I just sat down and went at it. Look at the difference between these two forks:
Soon all the pieces began to sparkle
And then the bigger silver pieces followed
I must be a glutton for punishment because now I find myself wishing I had more silver to polish, I’m off to check out Ebay, maybe someone is auctioning off some old tarnished silver….
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