Stainless steel cutlery is tough and durable, and looks great when it is all shiny and gleaming. Unfortunately, everyday things like dishwasher detergent can easily cause staining. To avoid this, most manufacturers recommend that you remove the cutlery from the dishwasher as soon as the cleaning cycle finishes and buff it dry it with a tea towel. As a busy parent, I always ignore this and shove the cutlery straight back in the drawer.
Consequently, a lot of my knives, forks and spoons have developed a sort of dull blue tarnish:
Fortunately, I have now found a way to clean stainless steel cutlery naturally so that it looks as good as new again. And best of all, it takes very little effort!
You will need:
Step one. Line a baking dish (or similar) with aluminium foil. Place the cutlery on it so that the maximum surface area possible is making contact with the foil. If you have a lot of tarnished cutlery, it is best to do this over several sessions, doing just a few items at a time.
Step two. Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda over the cutlery.
Step three. Boil a kettle and pour enough water over the cutlery to completely submerge it. Leave it to soak for around half an hour.
Step four. Remove the cutlery and carefully buff it dry with a clean cloth. It will now look like new.
Here is the same spoon that I showed at the start of this post. There is absolutely no sign of the tarnish left on it!
So I now have a drawer full of shiny cutlery again...
Sadly, I can't say that I'm going to change my ways and buff my cutlery every time I remove it from the dishwasher. But at least now when it starts looking a bit sad and dull, I know there is a quick and easy fix to get it sparkling again.