And I tried to use the old polish-and-elbow-grease method of cleaning it, I really did, but it got old. Fast. And then, like a miracle, I saw this on Pinterest:
My problems were solved! Why, with a little baking soda and salt I could be spared any real work, and my silver would shine with its true beauty. Right? Well, I believed it. So I got to work:
I started with the cups, figuring once they were clean I would move on to the punchbowl itself. Now, if you read the Pinterest caption, what's supposed to happen is that the tarnish is supposed to transfer from the silver to the aluminum foil. And it sort of did:
More evidence of tarnish transfer:
I mean, you can clearly see that there is some sort of tarnishy-looking, ring-around-the-bathtub type of discoloration on the tinfoil. But (and it's a big but) there was also plenty of tarnish left on the cups:
Let's not gild the fucking lily; they look pretty much the same as they did before the whole tinfoil-baking soda-salt bath. Which on its own isn't so disappointing; it seemed like a bit much to hope for after all. But the thing is, now my faith in Pinterest is shaken.
Does this mean that I CAN'T really organize my house in 31 days? Or make a no-sew tutu out of tulle and elastic (I have two boys but never mind that)? Or have a magnetic spice rack on the back of my pantry door (organized AND space-saving!)?
I just don't know anymore.