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    Default How to Clean Silver Salt and Pepper Shakers

    This may be - no, I'm pretty sure it IS a really dumb question...

    But I have a set of antique silver salt and pepper shakers that desperately need cleaning. I know how to clean silver, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what to do about the holes that let the salt out. Don't they get gunky and clogged, thus rendering the shakers useless?

    Anyone know of a special technique? I'm clueless here. This wouldn't be a big deal, but my MIL is coming to visit, and her mother gave them to us as a wedding present almost five years ago and I don't want her to think we don't appreciate the gift!

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    I've just cleaned a set up, I used toothpicks to un-clog the holes. I'm not sure what to use if the holes are smaller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Impromptu View Post
    I've just cleaned a set up, I used toothpicks to un-clog the holes. I'm not sure what to use if the holes are smaller.
    Well that makes sense. I guess I just worry that the cleaning goo will be stuck inside if you poke it down, then get the salt and pepper all gloppy. Oh well. I don't know why I'm stressing about this.

    Thanks for the tip..I'll give it a try!



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    You really should wash any part that food comes in contact with and that includes tops of salt and pepper shakers. .
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    You can also use a baking soda paste, which is a little more food friendly. Or what may be even easier is to buy a jewelry polishing cloth and use that. Then a quick wipe over the top and you're good to go.
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    Just rinse after cleaning? I always rinse silver polish off, anyway.



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    Plain white paste toothpaste & an old toothbrush are your friends.

    Paste toothpaste will bring any silver to a blinding shine. A toothbrush will get into those holes easy enough. Rinse thoroughly & voila.

    I make silver jewelry, often with wee intricate details. I own no jewelry cleaners or wipes, just lots of white toothpaste.
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    A little off-topic, but I have a set of silver candlesticks that came from DH's old Granny's place. I was always under the impression you weren't supposed to clean old silver, but let it get that "old" finish on them. Is that gross, should I clean the candle sticks? Right not they have that really cool wax fountian down the side where the candles have burned down the side.



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