Friday, January 19, 2007

I knew it didn't *really* fall from space

Recently I received some family silver serving dishes from my mom (who doesn’t use them anymore). They’ve been sitting in a cupboard somewhere for years, and were pretty tarnished. To fix this, I thought I’d go out and get some silver polish to clean them up and restore the shine. It turns out that this is a heck of a lot more work than it’s worth. I seem to recall that there was some silver cleaner out there that didn’t require scrubbing or polishing, but would instead remove the tarnish automatically, just by dipping it in some magical solution. But I couldn’t remember the name of it. So, I put the silver away in one of *my* cupboards and hadn’t thought about it since.

Time passed and I had sort of forgotten about the whole thing, until randomly remembering it yesterday, doing a Google search, and discovering that the magic liquid *is* actually available for purchase! And it’s not a magic liquid – it’s a magic plate, made of a super secret alloy* which, when mixed with the special “activator powder” in a tub of regular water, removes the tarnish from any silver it touches. In a way, one wonders why the evangelicals haven’t latched onto this with both fists**…

But then, just when I was about to buy one, I noticed another one of the search results describing a “make your own tarnish remover dip for silver”. Intrigued, I headed over to About.com to read the article. And it turns out that the magic metal in the plate (featuring “electrolytic technology”!) is nothing more than aluminum, and the special “activator powder” is probably no more than a mix of salt and baking soda. What’s more, you can make all of this yourself using that stuff and some aluminum foil.

[Time Passes]

Yeah, so aluminum foil doesn't work as well as you think. It keeps floating, which is really sort of annoying. Plus I am unconvinced that it has enough mass to really matter, so I'm going to experiment with some either forms of aluminum to see if they work better than the foil.

* Which (like Happy Fun Ball) fell to Earth, presumably from space.
** Heals via touch, only works when baptized, appears “miracle-esque”…

4 comments:

towwas said...

Heh. Way to get all DIY-y! But once you polish 'em, won't they just go all tarnished again? (This is why I hate cleaning.) I guess you can store them in special cloth that slows down the tarnishing...that's what my mom does with her silver, anyway, and it sort of works.

I Blog, You Blog said...

I was actually curious as to how many of your blog posts were filed under the tag of "disappointment"...

Thankfully...not many.

Whew!

KC said...

Hubby's mom gave us a beautiful boxed set of silver flatware when we got married (close to 20 years ago). We've never used them. I can't remember ever actually opening the damn box. They're probably black by now. They can stay in the box.

grrrbear said...

towwas: Yeah, they'll tarnish again but actually apparently the best way to keep tarnish from builsing up is to use them regularly. Go figure. I guess this means I'll have to host more fancy balls and cotillions.

i.b.y.b.: Well there's another one today (See above). The disappointment in my life seems to be growing.

kc: Yeah and let me tell you, until I can figure out if this electrolytic de-tarnishing system actually works, I'd say you're better off leaving them there. Regular silver polish is a pain in the butt, especially if there are little details or crevasses to get into.