The Science Behind TikTok's Latest Viral Cleaning Hack

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TikTok's latest viral cleaning hack might seem bizarre, but it turns out there is science behind it. The hack is throwing a rolled-up piece of aluminum foil into the dishwasher to make silverware look brand new.

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We first discovered this cleaning trend in a TikTok video by user @shadiersandy. "I have seen this hack all over TikTok and I'm going to try it," the creator says. "You're supposed to get some aluminum foil and roll it up into a ball. Then, you take the ball and put it in your dishwasher before you run it."

After running the dishwasher, @shadiersandy opens the machine to reveal sparkling silverware that looks as though it was just purchased. How?! Is this magic?

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"Science behind it is the foil interacts with dishwashing liquid, acts as an oxidizing agent, and removes the tarnish off the metalware," writes commenter @southlaker. Good to know!

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Of course, if you'd rather not use aluminum foil, there are other ways you can get your silverware to sparkle. To clean tarnished silver-plated silverware, you can use silver polish, ketchup, toothpaste, or a method in which you soak the silverware in a pot with boiling water, baking soda, and tin foil. There are even recipes for homemade silver polish paste.

If you want to use a commercial silver polish, you can find the Weiman Silver Polish and Cleaner on Amazon for $7.20.

Now, our silverware will always shine like new.

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