Friday, December 30, 2011

How Do I Clean Dirty Coins with baking soda and aluminum foil (and hot water!)

how to remove tarnish and clean silver coins, bars, or jewelry Video showing how easily you can clean large silver pieces using aluminum foil, baking soda and hot water. The heat is key - warm water from the faucet won't cut it, you must get the water close to boiling for this to be effective. A large sheet of heavy duty foil and a few cups of baking soda in hot water, in a container large enough to soak the pieces. Do them one at a time, and make sure the piece is in contact with the foil.This actually turns the silver oxide back into silver. If you polish it you just rub off the silver oxide, leaving less and less actual silver. You can actually rub away decorations and fine details by too much polishing.It works Very well, I didn't even have hot water or much foil touching the silver, solid silver & plated all work very well --very easy.Dirty coins should never be cleaned because doing so will often significantly lower the value of the coin.