Motherhood, in some sense, is all about letting go, isn’t it?
It’s about letting go of the things you thought were important. Things like polished silver, organized tupperware (organized anything), folded laundry, a waist …
In favor of things that are more meaningful … things like love. Love in all its deepest, most surprising, fleeting forms.
And in favor of the joy you get from the sweet smell of a baby and the grip of a toddler’s hand. In favor of the peace you feel when a child falls asleep in your arms. In favor of the sense of renewal and wonder you receive by witnessing the curiosity of a child. It is these things that make motherhood so worth it.
All that said, in the off chance that you do want to polish your silver (maybe for Easter lunch?) … I just have to share this DIY method with you. And I promise: It’s so quick and easy, even mothers can do it!
Here’s what you need:
- Disposable aluminum lasagna pan
- Tarnished silver
- Baking soda
- Boiling water
Here’s how you do it:
Place the aluminum pan in your sink. Place the tarnished silver inside the pan. Sprinkle baking soda all over the silver. Pour boiling water all over the baking soda/silver. Let soak 3-5 minutes (it should fizz a little). Then, carefully drain hot water from pan. Carefully rinse silver (it will be hot) with cool water, and wipe dry. Ta-da! Polished silver! (Although, you may need to repeat the process if the silver is very, very tarnished or if there are a lot of little crevices with tarnish inside.)
Here are some pics of the process:
The results are even more dramatic on this beautiful silver pitcher.
Have you heard of this method? Isn’t it fascinating?! For the science behind it, click here. And do let me know if you get a chance to try it!