Along with lights, sweets, crackers, rangoli, pooja, new clothes, gifts etc, Diwali is also associated with cleaning.
Most of the households are on a cleaning spree before Diwali. The feeling that Diwali is approaching somehow misses unless you do some hardcore cleaning of the house. Am I right?
And on the day of Diwali or just a day prior to Diwali, we clean our silver pooja items including the idols of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha.
Earlier I used to clean these either with toothpaste or some silver polish. And it used to be a very laborious job taking time and muscle power both.
Then one day, my brother, Sameer, called me up and shared this method of cleaning silver items with me. I tried and phew, within minutes, without any rubbing or scrubbing, I got sparkling clean silverware.
Since then, I always clean my silver items with this method only. Once, on Diwali, I forgot to clean the idols and realised only an hour before pooja. But with this method that was ample time. I quickly did the process and was free within 10 minutes.
So, here sharing this easy method with all of you.
You require just 3 ingredients for this cleaning method. And these 3 things are easily available in your kitchen all the time. These are salt, baking soda and aluminium foil. Its basically the reaction of baking soda with aluminium that gives wonderfully clean results. You will see that as the silver gets clean, the aluminium foil gets tarnished.
You can clean anything of silver with this method, be it anklets or other silver jewellery or utensils or show piece. The same method is followed for cleaning any of these.
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
1 litre Boiling Water
- Put water to boil.
- Keep your tarnished silver items in a vessel. Take the vessel big enough to accommodate all your silver items. Keep them separately, do not overlap these on one another.
- Put salt and baking soda in it.
- Put one or two aluminium foil pieces in it.
- Pour boiling water on it.
- Cover for 3 to 4 minutes.
- If any portion remains uncleaned then clean it with a toothbrush or the same aluminium foil.
- Wash it with water. Wipe with a soft and dry cloth.
- Sparkling silver items are ready.
- You can take any vessel, be it steel or any other but aluminium is preferred. You can use your aluminium pressure cooker for this purpose. Do not use plastic buckets, please.
- For pointed and narrow parts you may have to use a toothbrush. Please use a new toothbrush if using for pooja items.
- Ensure that the items are fully immersed in water. In case, it is not possible then invert it in the same water after few minutes, meaning that dip the uncleaned portion and the cleaned portion will be on top now.
- Take small pieces of aluminium foil, say about 2″ by 2″ or 3″ by 3″approximately.
Take out your tarnished silver idols/ items
Keep these in a metal vessel, preferably aluminium (otherwise steel).
Put salt and baking soda in it.
Put 2 or 3 pieces of aluminium foil in it.
Pour boiling water and cover.
If not fully immersed, then invert the items in the same hot water.
Clean the narrow or pointed uncleaned parts with toothbrush.
Wash with water and wipe with a dry and soft cloth.
Sparkling silver idols/coins/utensils are ready.
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