Restoring the Family Silver with the Power of Chemistry

Restoring the Family Silver with the Power of Chemistry

Silver is more reactive than gold, and will tarnish over time because it reacts with the small amounts of sulphur-containing compounds in the air. This results in a black colouration developing and silver polish merely reacts with the tarnish to restore the shine of the silver. In this experiment we are going to use household materials to emulate silver polish and restore the shine to an item of tarnished silver.

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Experiments you can do at home

Welcome to Dr Hal's Backyard Science, experiments you can try at home. These are experiments that you can try in your garden or house with parental permission and supervision. Each of them comes with some health and safety instructions that an adult must read. The text is reproduced by kind permission of Education in Chemistry a journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Experiments:

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