Tarnish is a layer of oxidation that mostly accumulates on silver surfaces. It should be removed professionally to avoid scratching and damaging the surfaces. Although there are many methods of Cleaning silver like a pro, numerous people recommend using a non-toxic electrochemical dip. One of the benefits associated with the use of a dip is that it can push soap to the hidden curvatures that a piece of cloth cannot. Steps involved are very easy. First you need to create a layer of aluminum at the bottom of a cooking pan or baking dish with a foil. Put hot water in the foil-lined pan and add two teaspoons of baking soda and one teaspoon of salt to it.
Some people recommend using more salt and baking soda than others do. What you need to make sure is that you have used enough of these substances carefully. Place the tarnished silver items into the solution making sure that each piece is totally submerged. If you watch what is happening closely, you will see black trash floating in the water. This is called tarnish or sulfur sulfide. It is imperative to leave the heavily tarnished items in the solution for up to five minutes. Pick up each piece which looks clean, rinse it with cold or warm water and buff it with an absorbent cloth.
To avoid re-formation of tarnish, you are advised to store your silver items in low humidity conditions. Placing a can of activated charcoal or white pieces of chalk where you store your silver items can delay the formation of tarnish. Home-made dips are very reliable if they are made with less abrasive ingredients and in the way they are used by expert cleansers. There are also commercial dips that contain chemicals. These are known to be effective but you need to know how to clean silver with them safely. They are not recommended for washing items with hollow handles or parts like teapots.