Does Baking Soda Really Polish Silver?
Like me, you may have heard that baking soda is a natural, environmentally friendly way to polish your silver. However, how do you know if it really works?
I decided to test it out to see. I found two beautiful silver baskets at a local thriftstore, but the baskets were awfully tarnished. These were my test subjects.
First, I made a paste with the baking soda and water. I added the water a bit at a time because I didn't want to make it to watery. After each water addition, I mixed it with a fork.
When the mixture had the consistency of a chalky toothpaste, I began rubbing it onto the silver basket with a tea towel. I did it in the sink because I thought it might be messy. For the smaller grooves, I used a toothbrush.
After rubbing the baking soda paste all over the basket, I rinsed it off with warm water. Then, I dried it well.
It worked! However, I suggest you wear gloves while handling the baking soda if you have sensitive skin because it is very acidic.
So, yes, baking soda does really polish silver.