Cleaning Silver DIY #DIY

Cleaning silver; like silverware and household silver, isn’t as common today as it once was many years ago.  Silver tarnishes and requires frequent hand-polishing (often for long periods).  It’s not so bad when it’s one piece; however, it’s a gruelling task when it’s an entire set!

The maintenance of household silver has basically become a thing of the past; along with actually owning and using said silver.

My grandmother (and my mom) had a lot of silver!  Not just one silver tea set (oh no!); one tea set and one coffee set, and an entire 20-30 pc set, and silverware for 12 for red meat, fowl, AND fish!  Then there’s dessert!  Oh my!

During my recent visit to Portugal, I left much of this overview of items there.  I did; however, return with select items.  Unfortunately, I have to face cleaning them.  Ugh.

If you’re facing a similar situation, you might try these suggestions in steps or on their own (some are meant for jewellery but silver is silver so there’s no reason why you can’t try) **:

– rub the silver with a cotton ball dipped in white vinegar, using small circular motions, then wipe it dry with a towel
– cover the bottom of a pot with aluminium foil, and lay the foil so the shiny side faces up. Add 1 tablespoon of salt along with 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the pot, then pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar, followed by 1 cup of water, then bring the mixture to a boil on the stove.  Once boiling, remove the pot from the stove and soak your silver in the vinegar mixture for at least 15 minutes.  If your silver is very tarnished, you may need to soak it a bit longer.  Remove each piece with tongs and buff it dry with a clean towel.  This recipe will render a good amount of solution; but it’s a small amount for those very large pieces!  – fill a glass with 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup of flour, then combine the ingredients to make a thick paste.  Go ahead and rub the paste on the silver item and let it set for 15 minutes. Follow by washing the paste off with warm water and then dry the silver with a clean cloth
– dampen a toothbrush with water, then dip it in baking soda … scrub the silver with the toothbrush. You can then dip the toothbrush in white vinegar and scrub the silver item again.  When the baking soda stops fizzing, rinse the silver off with warm water and dry it with a clean towel
**Use these suggestions at your own risk.

These suggestions can be a very economical (DIY) way of cleaning your silver.

This was my end result:  What do you think?

Scare Away Halloween Dirt with @RealMrClean #15MinReno #PGMom

Mr Clean

Halloween is full of scary characters but there’s nothing scarier than dirt, scuffs, stains and spills.  This Halloween, Mr. Clean is here to chase away the monster messes with #15MinReno tips.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Bubble, Bubble, BOIL and Trouble!

When pots boil over on the stovetop, they can leave an awful mess!  Dirty rings around the boilers and splatter marks on walls are no match for the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Cleaning the stains and scuffs off the oven, cupboards, countertops and the backsplash can make your kitchen feel like new.

Slime time!

No one wants their bathroom to look like a house of horrors.  After months of use, makeup counters can look like they’ve been attacked by a slime monster.  Chase away slime with Mr. Clean Concentrated Cleaner on the bathroom counter, floors and walls!

As white as a ghost!

Over time the bath tub can develop scary soap scum, devilish dirt and dreadful discolouration. Turn your bath tub white with fear with Mr. Clean Concentrated Cleaner.  Stains that you never thought would go away disappear in an instant, just like a ghost!

Vintage Vampires

Do you have tired antiques lurking in a basement corner?  Some  vintage pieces that are past their prime can look like they’ve been brought back from the dead.  Try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to make your antiques look like new again.  (Remember to test the magic eraser on a small area at first, before using on the entire antique).

Wailing walls and freaky floors

Have the kids tried to dress up the walls with markers and crayons?  Are there smudges on the fireplace and scuffs on the floors?  With the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, your walls will look like you applied a new coat of paint and the haunted hardwood will look brand new again.

Use these #15MinReno tips to help you transform your home for Halloween. You can find Mr. Clean at various retailers across Canada.

A Sentimental Father’s Day for the Ultimate “Thank You” #ChurchDwightValue

A Sentimental Father’s Day for the Ultimate “Thank You”

It’s almost time to celebrate the most beloved man in our life. But how do you show your gratitude to the man who gives, but hardly ever asks? As Father’s Day is fast approaching, we know how hard it can be to find the perfect gift.

This year, instead of buying something new, stick to what you know dad loves. Try sprucing up his most prized possessions to make them as good as new. After all, only you know what dad cherishes most.

Take a Walk with Dad Down Memory Lane

Refresh dad’s favourite things from the good ol’ days. This means restoring his lucky baseball cap, or the colours on his old sports team jersey to bring him back to that championship game. Try cleaning up his favourite childhood toy and let the memories pour in.  

With OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover, it’s perfect for both his favourite clothes and fabric upholstery. For soft surface stains, simply mix one scoop with water to remove excess stain before treating. Apply only enough solution to saturate the stain and allow the solution to stand for 1-5 minutes. Blot with a white towel and repeat until the stain is not visible. Then, rinse with clean water and blot until dry. For tough laundry stains, mix 2-4 scoops per 3.8L of water and submerge the stained items into the solution after dissolved. Soak the garment for 1-6 hours depending on the severity of the stain, then wash as normal.

And while you’re in the spirit of polishing up his most treasured items, consider dusting off an old photo of him with his friends and family, or a trophy he’s proud of, and frame it for display. Nostalgia can be a powerful force, so don’t underestimate how sentimental a father can be! Simple gestures like these will go a long way and bring him back to his fondest moments.

To the businessman, handyman, stay-at-home dad and our very own childhood superhero, Happy Father’s Day!

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