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Sil­ver Clean­ing This method is magic – it takes all the heavy scrub­bing out of the sil­ver- clean­ing process. For small items like cut­lery or jew­ellery, you can use a small­ish plas­tic, glass or ce­ramic con­tainer. For larger items such as bowls and teapots, you can use your kitchen sink.

Line the bot­tom of the con­tainer or sink with tin foil, shiny side- up.

Place your sil­ver items on the foil.

Sprin­kle lib­er­ally with bak­ing soda.

Add enough boil­ing wa­ter to com­pletely cover the items.

Leave un­til the wa­ter is cool enough to scoop out the items with your hands – you should be able to see them change colour and brighten up be­fore your eyes!

Buff with a soft cloth un­til shiny and dry. Air Fresh­ener Spray This spray is an­tibac­te­rial and fresh, with none of the toxic chem­i­cals found in con­ven­tional fresh­en­ers. You’ll need a 250ml spray bot­tle. 20 drops tea tree oil 20 drops rose­mary oil 20 drops pep­per­mint oil 10 drops laven­der or lemon oil ( de­pend­ing on your pref­er­ence) 6 ta­ble­spoons dis­tilled wa­ter 2 ta­ble­spoons vodka Com­bine all the es­sen­tial oils in a ce­ramic bowl. Pour your wa­ter and vodka into the spray bot­tle and care­fully add the es­sen­tial oil mix­ture. Shake to com­bine. Keep this in your bath­room cab­i­net and spray when you need a burst of fresh­ness. Make sure to shake well be­fore each use. It will last in­def­i­nitely but the oil scent may fade slightly as time goes by.

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