Similar idea to the pretreated dusting cloths, these homemade polishing cloths are for cleaning and removing tarnish from silver. You’ll also find a sour milk soak recipe at the bottom.
10″ to 12″ square soft cloths*
2 cups water (cool)
1/2 cup ammonia
1/4 cup liquid silver polish
- Mix the liquid ingredients in a glass bowl or dish.
- Take a clean cloth square and dip it in the solution, let it soak for a few seconds then lift out and squeeze to remove excess liquid (so it won’t drip when hanging to dry). Dip one at a time.
- Hang dry. If hanging inside, make sure to choose an area out of reach of kids and pets and well ventilated.
- Once they’re dry you can fold them and seal in a plastic container or ziploc bag.
- Use to clean and buff your silver pieces as needed.
You can use these until they’re really grungy and no longer removing tarnish, they could be shredded at this point. If they’re good for another round or two, launder them well in hot water and detergent, re-dip in a fresh batch of the recipe and use again. Since they are first soaked in ammonia, I would skip using bleach in the laundry cycle.
Gloves: If you prefer using polishing gloves, you can do that with this recipe too. Buy heavy cotton gloves (no metal clasps at wrists, just elastic), soak in the solution, hang to dry and use as you would the cloths above.
*Fabric Ideas: Choose plain flannelette, diaper cloth, good quality terry (but not too thick) or heavy cotton napkins. For best results, make sure to finish or hem the edges before using.
Sour Milk Soak
*First published August 3, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
If you have a carton of milk that has expired, don’t toss it out because sour milk is a great silver cleaner.
- For every cup of of milk, stir in one tablespoon lemon juice or one tablespoon vinegar and leave for five minutes so it sours.
- If the milk is sour already, you can skip adding the lemon juice or vinegar.
- Soak your pieces in the sour milk overnight (completely covered) and then wash as usual.