Getting Ready for the Holidays

Clean Silver and Crystal NaturallyIn a few short weeks, I’ll be using my grandmother’s crystal and silver to set the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to be the only two times a year I use my good place settings. Inevitably, that means they needs to be cleaned before they can be used!

Since these are precious heirlooms from my grandmother, I want to take care of them so they can be handed down to the next generation. Perhaps you have some precious heirlooms of your own?

I choose to clean with natural cleaners like vinegar. I prefer chemical-free cleaning to harsh, synthetic cleaners that can harm and scratch my crystal and silver.

You are now ready to get everything sparking and shining for your holiday table!

How to Clean Cloudy Crystal with Vinegar

Hard water can leave crystal cloudy like my grandmother’s wine goblet pictured below.

To clean your cloudy crystal gently and naturally, fill a plastic tub with vinegar. Then add your crystal and allow to soak for about 30 minutes:

Helpful Hint: Use a plastic tub instead of a sink to keep from accidentally chipping your crystal.

After soaking, simply wash with a gentle dish soap and allow to air dry. Check out the before and after:

How to Clean Silver Using Vinegar

Soooo. This is my gravy boat. It is silver, even though it appears to be black. I failed to clean it before Thanksgiving last year, so we resorted to using a measuring cup. True story.

This year, I’ve cleaned my gravy boat early. I started by mixing together 1 cup vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup flour. This should make a runny paste. I then rubbed the silver with the paste using a soft piece of flannel. Allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash off using a gentle dish soap. If your silver is as tarnished as mine, it may take several applications.

Helpful Hint: Wear rubber gloves since the vinegar has a way of “finding” even the smallest of cuts.

Here is the after:

For more ways to use vinegar to do healthy cleaning around your home, check out:

How to Clean Burnt Pots and Pans Non Toxically
How to Make Non Toxic Cleaners
Spring Clean Your Outdoor Living Spaces
Kill Weeks Organically

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