Want To Clean Your Silverware? Try These Amazing Tricks

It is very unfortunate that most individuals do not know how to clean their tarnishing silverwares, or spend a lot of money taking them to a professional for cleaning, yet they can accomplish the same with natural remedies always at their disposal. Some of these remedies include:

Aluminum Foil

Aluminum foil stands out as one of the best cleaning solution to tarnished silver. Nevertheless, you need to follow the following steps to receive maximum results. You will require a liter of water, a piece of aluminum foil, and 1tablespoon (Ts) of baking soda. 

- Boil the three ingredients together.

- Drop the silverware in the boiling mixture for about 10 seconds. However, the timing varies with the level of tarnish.

- Then remove it using kitchen tongs. You will be surprised at how fast it works.

- In case the tarnish persists, use a damp sponge to apply a paste of 2 tablespoons of water and ΒΌ cup of baking soda on the silver, then after some time, rinse and dry.

Vinegar

To bring back the shine and luster to your silverware, soak it in a mixture of a cup of white vinegar and 2 Ts of baking soda for about 3 hours. Then rinse it using cold water and dry it completely.

Laundry detergent

This remedy helps to bring the sparkle in your silverware or jewelry. Fill a medium-sized bowl lined with aluminum foil with hot water. Then add 1Ts of powdered laundry detergent and soak your ware or jewelry for 1 minute. Finally, rinse in clean water and air dry. 

Ketchup

It is another great detergent to clean with your tarnished silver. All you need to do is to rub gently the tarnished region using a paper towel with some ketchup. In case your silver is not becoming shiny, leave the ketchup on it for 15 minutes, and then rub using a soft piece of cloth and rinse. However, for textured items such as fancy silverwares or some candlesticks, clean between their crevices using a toothbrush.

Cornstarch

Believe me, cleaning your silver item using a paste of cornstarch and water, makes it look new again. The procedure involves applying it using a damp piece of cloth, allowing it to dry, and then rubbing the paste off using something that is not very abrasive, such as a rough towel or cheesecloth. In place of cornstarch, you can also use cream of tartar.

Hand sanitizer

A few drops of this detergent on a soft piece of cloth and then rubbed on the silver item, not only fights the germs on it, but also greatly polish it, eliminating the tarnish.

Lemon-lime soda

Dipping your silverware in a bowl filled with lemon-lime for an hour, and then rinsing and thoroughly drying it will help you recapture the wares shine.

Toothpaste

You will be amazed to see how fantastic it works on your silver. You only need to polish it using a rag with some toothpaste and rinse, to see your silver glow.

Window cleaner

Gently scrub your tarnished silver with a rag sprayed with window cleaner, and watch it go back to its original shiny condition. 

Chalk

It helps you maintain the shiny state of your silverware by absorbing the moisture, hence preventing them from tarnishing. It only requires you to put some of chalk pieces in the chest or drawer where you keep your ware. 

Ammonia

Soak your silver trinkets in a solution of a cup of clear ammonia and 1 cup of warm water for about 10 minutes. After that, wipe them clean and dry to witness your silver trinkets brighten. 

Mark Hilton is a life hacks blogger. He likes to share tips on how to make your life easier. He is also part of HomeJoy, a cleaning company that offers cleaning services in Miami. For more info on cleaning tips and tricks, head over to their website.

Coconut Shrimp Finger Food for Girls Night #recipe

Girls Night wouldn’t be complete without some great tasting food, right?

Finger food may be the best and quickest choice to munch while visiting with the girls. Here is an excellent finger food recipe shared from Delish.com.

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Coconut Shrimp with Mango-Mojo Dip

Makes 36-48 shrimp depending upon size

 

Ingredients:
Dip:

2 clove(s) garlic
3 very ripe mangoes, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon(s) grated lime zest
1/4 cup(s) fresh lime juice
1/4 cup(s) cider vinegar
1 tablespoon(s) Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon(s) kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly ground white pepper
3/4 cup(s) coarsely chopped mint (about 1 bunch)

Shrimp:

1 1/2 cup(s) white rice flour
1 1/2 cup(s) all-purpose flour
4 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
2 1/2 cup(s) club soda or seltzer water, plus more as necessary
2 pound(s) large shrimp, shelled and deveined
4 cup(s) shredded unsweetened coconut
3 quart(s) vegetable oil or canola oil

Directions

  • To make dip: In a food processor with knife blade attached, mince garlic. Add mangoes, lime zest, lime juice, vinegar, Tabasco sauce, salt, and pepper. Process until very smooth. Add mint and pulse once or twice, just to combine. Pour into a bowl and cover; refrigerate until serving.
  • To make shrimp: Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper or plastic wrap. In a large bowl, whisk rice flour, all-purpose flour, and salt to combine. Add club soda and whisk until smooth. Mixture should have consistency of pancake batter; add more club soda if necessary. Spread coconut on a plate. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels; add to batter and toss to coat. Remove shrimp from batter one at a time, letting excess drip off. Dredge in coconut. Place on prepared cookie sheets. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while oil heats, or up to 4 hours.
  • Pour oil into an 8-quart heavy-bottom pot. Heat over medium-low heat until temperature reaches 350 degrees on a deep-fat thermometer. Carefully drop shrimp into oil, about 8 at a time and fry until golden brown and just cooked through, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels, skimming coconut from oil between batches. Serve hot with dip.

Household Blues

I look around my house and think about how much money I would need to put into this place to make it look the way I want it to look. Keeping up with three kids, working from home and school stuff for my oldest is certainly a challenge. I enjoy a challenge and that is why when I look around my home I think of how pretty stainless steel kitchen sinks would make my home shine. Only problem is I haven’t mopped since moving back in this place and it is much needed.

Why have a shiny stainless steel kitchen sink when the floor isn’t shiny? I know that in time things will come along to work out the way I want them to. I know that in time when the children are all in school I will have more hours in the day to work thus increasing income and opportunity to remodel the home and maybe add on another bedroom.

My dream is to have all new appliances and when I do go that route i will certainly go online to look at prices because sometimes it is cheaper to order online and have shipped than go local when you live in a small town. When I go online to search out kitchen sinks I will look for style, pricing, and quality. I think customer service will also play a key role in my purchasing habits when it comes to remodeling.

What do you look for when purchasing new items for your home?

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