Today I had lunch with a dear friend. There’s really no better lunch spot than Turkey Red in Palmer. Delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere lend themselves to afternoons of sharing and good conversation.
Before my lunch appointment I had a few minutes to spare and stopped by a local thrift store. When I walked in a surveyed the store, I didn’t expect to find any treasures. But after a few minutes of peeking into boxes and scanning shelves of miscellaneous household items, my eyes fell on these beautiful silver goblets.
I admit it…they don’t look too beautiful in their current state. But I have a weakness for all things silver. My collection started with wedding gifts from my husband’s extended family…tea pots, pitchers, creamers. Some pieces I use regularly, others sit in my china cabinet awaiting that special dinner party.
I knew these silver goblets would be amazing with a little cleaning.
But, a set of 14 goblets priced at $3.49 each was way outside of the “blow” money I had left in my wallet. The lady at the thrift store had told me when I walked in that she’d make me a deal if I bought the whole store, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to ask for a discount. (Asking for discounts is the hardest “Dave Ramsey rule” for me to follow!) The owner graciously gave me the whole lot for $20.00!
Even though I sometimes like the look of tarnish on some of my silver pieces, I really wanted these goblets to shine. Instead of spending hours scrubbing these little beauties, I went with the alternative route of soaking them in baking soda water. I was surprised at how quickly the tarnish came off and how easy this process was!
Step 1 – Place Silver in Aluminum Foil Lined Sink
Generously sprinkle the silver with baking soda. I used about a cup for these goblets.
Step 2 – Pour Hot Water Over Silver
I boiled most of the water I used, but added to it with hot tap water. You can see that the silver is already looking shinier.
Step 3 – Remove Silver from Sink & Wipe with Soft Cloth
Some of the pieces I let soak for about 15 minutes, but most of them I removed after just a couple minutes (use tongs…my water was scalding hot!). Wipe each piece off with a soft cloth, step back and appreciate your beautiful silver!
There’s still a bit of tarnish on some of the goblets. I may end up redoing this process on them. But for now, I put them into my china cabinet and am excitedly anticipating using them. Can’t you just imagine how lovely they’d be at a formal table set for a Christmas celebration?
Do you have any favorite silver pieces? What are your tried and true methods for cleaning them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments and it would make my heart happy if you’d share this post on Pinterest!