As many friends asked me about cleaning silver articles, I am posting this eventhough this is a food blog. I am sure it will be of use to everyone.
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 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:
Please do not put the idols of deities or vigrahams in boiling water, just use the method to clean your articles except the vigrahams.
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. NOTE: The foil and soda can be increased or decreased according to the number of silver items you clean.