If your silver is looking dull and would benefit from a good
The best part is that by using these inexpensive household items you can clean silver jewelry, silver cutlery, serving pieces, and all your household silver the easy way.
How To Clean Silver with
Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil
I found this silver tray at my favorite antique dealer for $5.00.
This piece was in definite need of some polishing and cleaning so this, along with a set of good silverware I found for only $15 at a thrift store, were my test pieces.
- aluminum foil
- baking soda
Start by putting a stopper in the sink you'll be using or, use a container that can withstand hot water and is large enough for the pieces you want to clean. A
Line the kitchen sink or container with a piece of aluminum foil.
Place the pieces or piece of silver directly on top of the shiny side 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
Next, pour boiling water into sink or container allowing the water to dissolve the
Fill your container with enough water so that the silver pieces are fully immersed and covered by this simple solution.
Allow everything to soak for 3 to 5 minutes.
When the results achieved are what you desire, rinse each piece with cool water and buff lightly with a dry microfiber cloth or any other soft clean cloth.
- Do not use a paper towel to dry the silver as it will cause scratches.
- Store cleaned silver wrapped in microfiber clothes, soft flannel, or an anti-tarnish bag to keep it shiny and ready for use.
- Want to move the pieces after the boiling water has been added. Use kitchen tongs to protect your hands from the hot water.
- Have a piece and you're not sure if this will harm it or not? Test the process in a small inconspicuous spot of the silver.
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How To Clean Silver
Tools and Equipment
- Baking Soda
- Aluminum Foil
- 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.
This is the best way I have ever found to clean silverware, larger silver items, and even delicate silver earrings.
Use these inexpensive ways to clean silver and enjoy your beautiful pieces everyday - not just for special occasions!