Kristin's Reviews > Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan

Urawaza by Lisa Katayama
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Sep 08, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, how-to, lifehacks, housekeeping, hints, tricks, want-to-own

Funny and to the point about explaining the different tips and why they work. I picked this one up because I happened to flip to the silver tarnishing page. I've been meaning to clean my silver jewelry for a long time but kept putting it off. The solution in the book is to boil water with aluminum foil in it, add baking soda and salt then add your silvery jewelry so that it touches the foil. After a few minutes the tarnish came off! I guess the solution creates a tiny electric current that turns aluminum + silver sulfide into silver + aluminum sulfide. Not only do I have shiny jewelry again, but I also got to feel like a giddy mad scientist. I just might buy this one for keeps to try some of the other lifehacks.

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