Diatomaceous earth can be used to help prevent silverware from tarnishing. This works by preventing the silver from being exposed to slight amounts of moisture over long periods of time. It is an excellent option for anyone living in a humid climate and has silverware that isn't used regularly.
Tarnish happens when silver is exposed to moisture for an extended amount of time. Diatomaceous earth can help prevent silver from being exposed to slight amounts of moisture over long periods of time by absorbing moisture before it comes into contact with silverware. Using diatomaceous earth in this way is an excellent option for any silverware owner living in a humid climate who has silverware that isn't used regularly.
Follow the steps below to protect your silverware from tarnishing over time.
Place silverware on a towel or handkerchief.
Lightly dust a DE powder on top of the silverware using a squeeze duster, flour sieve, or another applicator.
Wrap the DE coated silverware up in the cloth until the next use.
Rinse and dry the silverware before its next use.