Need to clean your tarnished silverware and get it ready for the holidays? Or maybe just want to wear that silver necklace/bracelet/pair of earrings to an upcoming party and they are badly tarnished? Don’t worry, we have a great, eco-friendly recipe for you! You probably already have the items you’ll need in your house now!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Have lots of pieces to clean at once? Cover the inside bottom of a glass, heatproof dish and place a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up, inside of it. Put the tarnished silver in the bottom of the dish and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Then proceed to pour boiling water over it until the silver piece(s) is covered. The tarnish will gradually collect on the aluminum foil and clean the sterling. Remove your silver, rinse thoroughly and polish with a soft, clean cloth.
2. Maybe it’s something smaller? Try some white toothpaste! Dab some on your finger and rub it into the tarnish. Add a toothbrush to the mix to get into small crevices ( preferably an old one with soft bristles).
3. Or bigger… Use baking soda and a clean, damp sponge. Make a paste of baking soda and water, then scoop the paste onto the sponge and rub it onto the silver. Rinse with hot water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth.
4. Or really persistent! For badly tarnished silver, leave the baking soda paste on the silver for an hour so before cleaning off with the help of the sponge and hot water.
Hope this helps you keep a clean, green home! For the tougher cleaning jobs, don’t be afraid to get help. Give us a give us a call or contact us for a free estimate. Happy holidays! And remember, always Stay Green!
Why should you care if it’s eco-friendly? Because more than 150 chemicals can be found in the average home which have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities1. That’s scary news—where are they all hiding? The answer might be even scarier—these chemicals are on the floor, in the air, in the bathtub—sneaking into people’s homes under the disguise of common household cleaners, usually an all-purpose cleaner!
Let’s get rid of these elusive criminals! In today’s blog, we’ll explore the possibility of making your own Eco-friendly cleaning products. It can be easy and even fun…probably more fun than actually cleaning, but you can call and schedule a cleaning professional for that!
It’s easy to find recipes for homemade, non-toxic cleaners online, but unfortunately many of these don’t smell any better than the toxic ones they’re replacing! While vinegar is an extremely versatile and safe ingredient in many of these recipes, there’s a good chance it will elicit nose-scrunching from big people and little people alike. But wait—with a little creativity and experimentation these recipes cannot only perform but also delight!
And now for that starter recipe I promised!
Really All-Purpose Cleaner
Mix together in a large container, shake gently and pour into a spray bottle for easy application. The dish detergent in this recipe not only cuts the vinegar smell but also makes it possible to use it on glass and windows as well as countertops, etc.
The addition of essential oils will not only make the finished product smell lovely and get the kids involved, but will also add an aromatherapy aspect each time they’re used! For example, lavender essential oil is calming and therapeutic for asthma and allergies, citrus is known for its refreshing and uplifting properties, while peppermint is energizing. Use the same scent in each product for a consistent atmosphere in the home, or mix them up for something different in each room! However you choose to do it, just be sure you label the bottles and containers, because while all the recipes we’ll share are non-toxic, they are not to be ingested
Stay tuned for more! Of course, if you don’t feel like doing all this yourself and would rather have the work done for you, you can skip making your own products and go straight to getting a free estimate so that you can schedule an appointment today. Best part is, they bring their own Eco-friendly cleaning products. Until we meet again. And remember, Stay Green!
1Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission