Silver articles oxidise soon and cleaning is a tedious procedure and will consume most of your time. It becomes expensive at times. This is a hazzle-free procedure of cleaning silver items in bulk, with the basic things available in your kitchen.
Cooking soda (Aapa soda) - a handful
Aluminium foil torn to pieces - 10"x10" sheet
METHOD OF CLEANING:
Take a very big vessel in which all your silver items fit. Boil water in it to the highest point , put in the soda and torn aluminium foil pieces (which we use to pack food) and also the oxidised silver items. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Switch off the stove. Take the items one by one using a long ladle and wash with a dishwash liquid and a scrub. BE CAREFUL.... IT WILL BE VERY HOT....For intricate items use a NEW toothbrush. YOUR SILVER ITEMS WILL SPARKLE AS NEW. Repeat this procedure once a month OR whenever needed. Do not worry, silver doesn't corrode. I have been cleaning silver items using this method for years. Some items shown in the picture are more than 30 years old.
Please DO NOT put the idols of deities or vigrahams in boiling water, just use the method to clean your articles except the vigrahams. We see idols as GOD. So, I felt that if we put the idols in boiling water, will it not be hot for the GOD OR GODDESS? That's the reason behind it. However, it depends on one's own mentality and conscience. Silver idols can be cleaned with toothpaste(white in colour) and a NEW TOOTHBRUSH. Even pitambari works. Tooth powder and viboothi can be used for idols.
The foil and soda can be increased or decreased according to the number of silver items you clean.
This method is hazzle free for cleaning silver items in bulk.