OK fellow flatware and cutlery experts out there. This TikTok video about leaving your silverware sparkling is everywhere. We need to talk about it.
It is proposed that a chemical reaction occurs between the aluminum and the ingredients in the dishwasher tablet. The foil itself doesn’t clean the cutlery, but as the tablet dissolves it reacts with the metal and shines the cutlery.
Rumor has it that the baking soda in the tablets is what does the powerful cleaning effect. These two components (and with water) remove silver sulfide – also known as tarnish – through an electrochemical reaction in warm water. We’ve talked about this before at this post.
But one big question: Wouldn’t this happen anyways if you had some cast aluminum cookware in the dishwasher?
And one big point to make: This works for only SILVERWARE not for regular stainless steel cutlery and the like. Your regular day to day scratched up forks, knives and spoons are going to get sparkling shiny for this hack.
Have a nice a sparkling day!
PS – That ball of foil will bounce around and likely land in the bottom and jam up your sprayer.