For reasons that escape me, this method of polishing silver has attracted its fair share of controversy online. Turns out, some people don’t want their sterling quite so polished; they prefer some patina and tarnish in the detail work. Me. I like things shiny. I grew up in Jersey after all.
Line your non-metallic container with tin foil, shiny side up. Put your sterling piece(s) in and sprinkle with about a cup of baking soda.
Fill the container with boiling water, covering the silver. You’ll hear, smell and see an immediate reaction — as long as your silver pieces are in direct contact with the foil.
No scrubbing, polishing or elbow grease required. That’s my kind of cleaning job.