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How To Clean Silver with Baking Soda

after of clean silver using only all natural cleaner

Ever since I can remember, I've always loved silver and that includes vintage silverware and antique silver serving dishes, platters, and tea sets.

The one thing I don't like about silver is the tarnish. Rather than just giving up on silver, I tried this cleaning tip that I remember my mother using when I was growing up.

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At the time, I thought it was odd, but it worked and thankfully, I remembered it and today I want to share it with you.

How To Clean Silver with Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil

I found this antique silver tray at my favorite antique store for $5.00.  

It was in definite need of some polishing/cleaning so this was my test piece.

I also thought, what the heck, and tried it on a set of silverware I found for only $15.00 during a shopping trip to a thrift store while on vacation.

If you'll be using your kitchen sink for this be sure to put the stopper in fully first so the solution stays in place and can do its magic.

If using a glass baking dish, move on to the next step.

Line the sink or baking dish with aluminum foil.

Place silver pieces directly on top of the aluminum foil.

Do not stack the pieces if possible. The goal is to have each piece in direct contact with the aluminum foil.

Sprinkle pieces heavily with baking soda.

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Next, pour boiling water into sink or container allowing the water to dissolve the baking soda.

Make sure all of the silver pieces are fully immersed/covered by the solution.

Allow everything to soak for 3 to 5 minutes.

If the results aren't quite what you would like, repeat the process.

When the results achieved are what you desire, rinse each piece and dry with a soft cloth like microfiber.

How To Clean Silver

This recipe for how to clean silver is the best ever for a natural silver polish and tarnish remover. It works like magic and the tarnish literally disappears right before your eyes.
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Prep Time:5 mins
1 min
Additional Time:10 mins
Total Time:16 mins


  • Sink with stopper or glass baking dish



  • Place stopper in sink (if using sink).
  • Line sink or glass baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Place silver on top of aluminum foil in direct contact with the foil.
  • DO NOT STACK pieces.
  • Sprinkle silver heavily with baking soda.
  • Boil water in tea kettle.
  • Pour boiling water from the side (not directly on to the baking soda). Add boiling water until all pieces are covered by the baking soda and water solution.
  • Allow silver to soak in the solution for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove silver from water, rinse, and dry with a soft cloth.


Do not use paper towels to dry the silver as they will scratch your pieces.
Store cleaned silver wrapped in microfiber clothes or soft flannel to keep it shiny and ready for use.
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: 25 cents
after of clean silver using only all natural cleaner

There it is ~ a quick, easy and inexpensive way to clean your silver WITHOUT polishing.

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  1. Simplee Sue says:

    Thank you for the tip. There is no way that I want to sit and polish silver. This is why I pass up sterling silver.
    ~we may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank so much for stopping by, Sue ~ I'm glad you liked the tip. Since I've been cleaning my silver this way I find that I am definitely using it more and I'm on the lookout to buy more ~ the baking soda and hot water are so much easier than the smelly nasty cream I used to use. Have a wonderful week! hugs, mb

  2. I came over from My Romantic Home. What an amazing tip. I've steered clear of silver/silverplate for this very reason of polishing, yet I've inherited pieces I'd love to be using for display. Thanks!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm so happy you stopped by and found a useful tip ~ have a lovely weekend! hugs, mb

  3. wow I never knew about this trick! inspired now to tackle my sad looking silver! xoxo

  4. Jeannie-JB says:

    Very cool tip! Thanks for sharing. I stopped by from six sisters!

  5. Danyelle Franciosa says:

    Thanks a lot for the tip and I was learned on how to clean a silver. I have so many silver in the house and some of which was stained. BY the way thanks once again for this tips.

  6. Nancy Marino says:

    I LOVE silver and have some sweet pieces, but while I start out enjoying the polishing it soon becomes a chore especially when I buy a big lot of silverware or a boxlot of trays. My husband thinks I'm nuts when I display them partially or totally tarnished. I think they still have charm that way- sometimes more.

  7. Gina Montanha says:

    Does this work for silver jewelry as well?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Gina, I have never tried it on silver jewelry so I'm not sure. If I ever do, I'll be sure to let you know. Sorry my answer wasn't more helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by. Mary Beth

  8. It does not say how long to soak it for?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Darcy,

      Once the water cools down it looses it's effectiveness. That being said, when I cleaned my silver all of the cleaning took place in approximately 3 minutes. I cleaned some more today just to time if for you. : ) Once it's done, rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

      I hope that answered your question.

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Mary Beth

  9. I'm goingto give this a try. This is a job my granddaughter does for me when sjhe wants soem extra money. She is 11.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Linda - I hope it works wonderfully for her...and how sweet! <3

  10. Worked like a charm. Thanks for this awesome tip.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I am so glad to hear that, Debbie! Thank you for letting me know.

  11. Anna L Plaisance says:

    HI! So excited to try this trick today! My mom has literally a closet full of silver plated platters, cups, servers etc that she wanted to get rid of when she sold her house! So Ive got alot to practice on! Does anyone know if the silver is chalk painted after cleaned would become tarnished again and change the color of the paint? Thanks again!❤

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm so glad you found the tip helpful, Anna! I hope it works wonders for you. Also, I'm not sure about painted silver but if I find anything out, I'll respond here to let you know.