Cleaning Silver

Silver is a lovely, elegant looking metal used to make a wide variety of decorative and utilitarian items. Whether you own a treasured family silver tea service or a new punch bowl, you will want to keep your silver bright and shiny. However, over time and with usage silver will tarnish. This is a guide about cleaning silver.

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Tip: Cleaning Your Silver

By Mistie 21 40

It is always a good idea to wipe your silver off as soon as you are finished with it. For instance, my silver omega chain gets wiped after every use. The oils on your fingers and skin cause silver to tarnish.

Here is a tip my mom gave me for removing that tarnish, if you forgot or just got too busy. Ideas for things that can be cleaned this way are: silverware, plates, things that are put away for holidays, literally anything silver or sterling, including jewelry.

Place a sheet of aluminum foil in a bowl, spreading and molding it to the bowl. Sprinkle the foil with salt and baking soda, then fill with warm water. Take any tarnished silver or "sterling" items and soak them in the water.

As the item soaks the tarnish will migrate to the foil. It is almost like magic. Take out of the water, rinse, and buff with soft cloth.

To think how much time and money everyone will save is exciting, but the first time you see this happen is priceless. Enjoy your clean silver.

Source: My mom, Luana McD.

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Tip: Using Toothpaste for Polishing Silver

By dorothy wedenoja 170 111

Use toothpaste (not the gel) to clean and polish silver. Put some on a clean rag and cover the area you want to polish with toothpaste. When dry, buff with soft, clean rag. It will shine just as well as if you have used silver polish, and its so much cheaper.

Another way to use toothpaste is to remove grass stains from clothes. Put some on the stained area and scrub with an old toothbrush. Rinse with water, launder as usual. Both tips work really well, they are cheap and done without a lot of work!

By dwedenoja from New Creek, WV

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Question: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

By CAROLYN 2

I am looking for home remedies for cleaning silver plated items.

By Carolyn from Albemarle, NC

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 30, 2008Best Answer

I have one of those electrolitic cleaners sold on television some years ago.The instructions call for "washing soda" not baking soda.You can achieve the same results with some aluminum foil, very hot water and Arm and Hammer washing soda. You can find the washing soda in the laundry product section in your grocery store.

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By wendy 2 8 Flag

March 31, 2010Best Answer

I have used barbecue sauce. Just rub it in the silver and rinse off. Works amazingly well!

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By Sarah Leach 10 150 Flag

March 31, 2010Best Answer

My two favourite methods:

Make a paste of lemon juice and table salt. Use a soft cloth to dip into the paste and rub on the silver. this works best if you're maintaining the shine.

If you have a lot of tarnish, I like Tarnex. It stinks like crazy when it contacts the tarnish (a bit like rotten eggs), but it's tolerable and it works fast and easily. I keep a bottle handy as well as always having lemons and salt available.

I learned this because I have several silver goblets that are used regularly.

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Question: Tin Foil Method for Silver Cleaning

By charlotte 2 1

Would anyone out there have the recipe for silver cleaner using the tin foil method?

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By Mary LaCaze 28 81 Flag

February 14, 2008Best Answer

I've cleaned old silverplated forks (to use in crafting) by lining a cake pan with a big sheet of aluminum foil, liberally sprinkling on baking soda, and pouring boiling water over it to cover, then let it sit awhile until the water cools enough to remove the items. Takes some tarnish off, but you still have to buff it all with a soft cloth to get it really shiny. Replace the foil to do more, as it darkens and stops removing tarnish. Though it works somewhat, I'd not really want to use this method for "good silver".

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

February 15, 2008Best Answer

This came out of the Times-Picayune of New Orleans: In a large glass baking dish, put in foil, shiny side up. Add one tablespoon salt and one tablespoon of baking soda. Add enough boiling water to cover. Tarnish will drop off of silver pieces. Remove silver and buff.

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Tip: Cleaning Silver

By jay jay 5 7

To clean silver, pour hot water into a mug and add 3 Tbsp. salt (to make an electrolite) and some aluminum foil. Leave items in this to soak a few minutes. Take them out and rinse with clean water, then polish with a clean soft cloth. Hey presto, clean silver!

By jayfeather from Australia

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Tip: Toothpaste For Tarnish On Silver

By Cipora Auslander 22

Why buy expensive jewelry cleaner for my tarnished silver pieces? Now I use white toothpaste with an old used toothbrush. Give it a few swirls inside the crannies, and my silver jewelry now sparkles as if I got it professionally cleaned.

By cipi2000 from Miami, FL

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Tip: Lipstick As Silver Polish

By Sharon Cross 19 61

I was going out on the town and wanted to wear my sterling silver necklace. I noticed it had tarnished. I did not want to get out a rag and silver polish. I recalled that when we visited Mexico, the silver jewelry shop owners all sat around all day, polishing their silver jewelry with lipstick! SO, I grabbed the tube of lipstick I was going to wear, put some on a tissue and proceeded to polish my necklace, removing the tarnish with the lipstick! It worked like a charm!

By Sharon from Southern Illinois

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Shine Silver With Rhubarb

Bring up the shine on silver by rubbing with a piece of rhubarb.

By Mary

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Question: Polishing Silver with Household Products

By Holly 28 2

What is a homemade way to polish a silver dish?

By Holly from Lancaster, WI

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thr522587 Flag

May 14, 2010

Toothpaste (not gel toothpaste) and you can find it on the cheap at a dollar store ;-) I have an antique ornate solid silver butter dish my grama gave me as a gift for high school graduation almost 40 years ago and that's what I use. Apply the toothpaste on cotton balls and gently rub in a circular motion with the balls. Then a quick dish soap wash and water rinse and a thorough dry :-)

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Question: Best Silver Cleaner

Where can I get a reliable cleaner that will not etch/damage the original surface? Or how can I make a safe cleaner?

By Roi

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By Sky's Mom 2 Flag

January 29, 2012Best Answer

Tomato Ketchup! the natural acid from the tomato works in an awesome way and is safe for the environment! Soak the item in the ketchup for a bit, softly rub with tooth brush, rinse and dry. That simple.

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Question: Removing a Tarnish Stain from Silver

By SUSAN EYER 7 4

I have used the salt and baking soda cleaning method for cleaning silver. However, many pieces were so tarnished and old that they have what looks like a tarnish stain. I have used commercial products to no avail. Does anyone know something I can try?

By Susan

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By Jill 4 738 Flag

September 16, 2011Best Answer

Sadly, it could be that it is not residual tarnish, but just the silver plating wearing off. Unless you know for sure that you have pure silver, you may want to take one of the pieces into a jeweler's and ask their advice, so you don't ruin the pieces. (Even if they are pure silver, you may want to take one in to ask how to get it clean.)

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Question: Natural Cleaner For Silver

By Lisa 2

What can I use for a natural silver cleaner?

By Lisa

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thr522587 Flag

October 27, 2010

Toothpaste (not the gel kind) is what I use and you can buy it on the cheap at the dollar store. ;-) Just dab it on with a cotton ball or soft cloth and gently rub in circular motions, wipe off and rinse and you're done. :-)

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Question: Cleaning Silver

Is there an easy or homemade way to clean silver and where do you suggest to sell for the most honest price? I have sold at jewelry stores in past, but that was over 15 years ago.

By Kat

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By Amber B. 3 Flag

April 17, 2013

I did not beleive anything less than old fashioned muscle and scrubbing would ever work, But like all of us, I hoped! So when I tried this, I had little expectations. I was pleasantly surprised at the results. All you do is line your sink with aluminum foil, add to that 1/2 cup of table salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda, and a gallon of VERY hot or even boiling water and submerge your silver!

Now wait...in 20 minutes or so (when the water is cool enough to reach in and retrieve your treasures) you will be amazed! For the reallly really oxidized silver I use a product called "eagle One" also sold under the name "Never Dull" ( a lot of military folks will know this one, as it woks on medals, brass, etc, etc) It's 3.89 in your automotive dept at wal-mart! What a steal!..( use gloves, as it will smear fresh nail polish!)

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Question: Cleaning Antique Sterling Silver

I have a collection of sterling silver napkin rings, which are almost all 100 plus years old. Most have intricate designs in the Art Nouveau style. I have used the aluminum foil/baking soda and salt in hot water method. However, I now have a cloudy white residue left in the creases and indentations of the Repousse Nouveau designs.

How do I get this off without scratching the silver?

By Barbara A

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By Lucy 49 25 Flag

December 10, 2012

I think the foil/salt/soda method is used for silver plate. You might have to resort to Goddards silver polish for sterling silver.

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Question: Use Baking Soda and Water for Cleaning Silver

By Brenda M Thomas 1

How do I clean silverware? I am trying to polish it. You can mix something with Arm and Hammer cleaning soda. What is it? Thank you.

By Brenda from Orangeburg, SC

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thr522587 Flag

November 30, 2010

All you need is some toothpaste (not the gel kind) that you can get on the cheap at the dollar store. ;-)

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Tip: Use Floor Wax to Keep Silver Shiny

By jackie 15 3

This is a great tip on how to keep your silver polished.While visiting the "Juliette Gordon Low" historical mansion in Savannah last month, we found out how they keep all the silver (lots and lots!) looking so beautiful. They told us they polished it as usual then put a coat of "future floor wax" over it, and it just keeps on shining. I have never heard of this, but if it works for them, I'm going for it. Obviously it wouldn't be for things you use, but for all that silver just sitting around tarnishing, why not!

Source: Information was given to me by the Representative at the "Juliette Gordon Low" historic museum in Savannah. Juliette founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912 and opened her home up for the meetings. The home is incredible.

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Question: Cleaning Fire Damaged Sterling Silver

By Tom T. 1

What is the best way to clean?

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    Question: Cleaning Silver

    By mm2355 2 1

    I have a lot of silver pieces from my family. I've read here before about cleaning silverware, but don't remember anything about cleaning the larger pieces. Could someone help me with this one? The thought of cleaning them, by hand, piece by piece, is overwhelming. Also, how best to store them afterwards? Right now I have them wrapped in cloth and then in heavy plastic, which seems to do OK. Thanks.

    By mm

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    Question: Removing Lacquer from Silver

    How do you remove lacquer from silver and silver plate?

    By Hilda

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    Question: Removing a Dark Mark on Silver Lidded Bowl

    Heart shaped silver bowl and lid with a dark line from rubber band. I have a silver heartshaped bowl with lid. I put a rubberband around the bowl to keep the lid on. Now there is a mark on the lid and base. What suggestions do you have to remove the rubberband mark?

    By Sylvia K.

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    Question: Cleaning Silver and Silverplate

    What is best way to clean silver and silverplate?

    By Connie N.

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    Question: Removing Lacquer from Silver

    How do I remove old lacquer from silver?

    By Eva

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    Archive: Cleaning Silver

    Tips for cleaning silver: I have a collection of silver mustard spoons that are beginning to look a little tarnished and yellow. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean silver?

    Many thanks to you all in advance.

    Julie (UK)

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    RE: Cleaning Silver

    Be very careful with this method since the solution along with the aluminum foil can totally ruin your silver, especially if you have any plate it will be destroyed, the sterling can be pocked marked when done. (02/06/2005)

    By lahlbrand

    Quickly Cleaning Silver

    My daughter would spend hours cleaning the silver service in our home. I decided one day to surprise her and clean it all in a few minutes. Here is what I did.

    Take a deep pan of water and heat it quite hot. Add a piece of tinfoil with the shiny side up and pour a blob of salt in the middle along with a blob of Cascade Water Softener. Stir and just dip your silver for a few minutes and wolla, all clean. Rinse with warm water and dry.

    She was quite upset with me! =) (03/09/2005)

    By Giagemgal

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    One of the best ways to keep silver serving forks, spoons, etc. looking polished & tarnish free is to simply use them & carefully hand wash & dry often, at least twice a month. (03/09/2005)

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    Cleaning Silver

    Absolutely the best way to clean silver: Line a sauce pan with aluminum foil, fill it with water and add 1 Tbsp. of baking soda per 2 cups of water; heat over burner to boiling and remove. Lay silver items in pan, touching aluminum foil. Remove, rinse, and polish lightly.

    By Brenda Cole (05/08/2005)

    By ThriftyFun

    Warm Water, Salt, and Aluminum Foil

    Cleaning Silver Request and answer from NEWTON

    From: gottfried

    Text: I teach middle school science, and one of my colleagues, who thinks I know everything, asked why the following recipe works. (I was at a loss, so in order to continue to appear brilliant I need help!) Tarnished silver can be cleaned if placed in a glass bowl which has warm water, salt, and aluminum foil. I assume that in some way the Aluminum displaces the Ag, but, what is the role of the salt?

    Author: Robert Topper

    Text: I will try to confirm or deny the displacement theory. Basically, it sounds like the silver oxide on the surface is reduced by aluminum, and brought into solution. The salt raises the ionic conductivity of the water and makes it easier for electron transfer to take place (oxidation/reduction, as the other readers may not know, is the chemical term for the loss/gain of electrons from a chemical species). The way I will check out the displacement theory is to look up the thermodynamics of the situation, i.e., to check whether the half-reactions, added together, give a positive or negative EMF/free energy for the reaction. But I think you are right about it being a displacement reaction. Thanks for asking this question! I never knew this way of cleaning silver...now my wife is going to want me to clean all our silverware.

    Author: jchultz

    Text: The reaction is a redox reaction but not a displacement per se. The half reactions are Ag+ +e- ---) Ag and Al ---) Al3+ + 3e- When added together the cell potential is +2.48. This positive number indicates that the reaction will be spontaneous (the number is in volts). The silver oxide is reduced to silver metal and the aluminum foil is oxidized to aluminum ions. The salt is present to help the transfer of the electrons (usually called a 'salt bridge'). If the aluminum actually displaced the silver, you would not have silverware after you cleaned them...they would all be aluminumware! So it is the electrons that are being shuffled around, and not the elements themselves.

    Source: NEWTON (05/08/2005)

    By ThriftyFun

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    I have a collection of CLEAN silver mustard spoons in 5 minutes! The warm water - aluminium foil - glass bowl and salt method really works! (Must call my friends and let them know!) Thanks everyone! Brilliant advice! (05/08/2005)

    By Julie UK

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    Wow! We sure do attract an educated crowd on this site. Never thought I'd be getting a chemistry refresher course. I am amazed at the things I have learned from you all! Thanks! (05/10/2005)

    By Claudia

    Archive: Cleaning Silver

    I need to know a easy way to clean silver, is there a homemade recipe or what product will not scratch it.

    Laureen from CA, Napa

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    RE: Cleaning Silver

    I have just cleaned my silver ware in time for Christmas dinner. I used cheap toothpaste and an old toothbrush. It certainly works and I preferred it to using the aluminium foil method. (12/04/2006)

    By downunderchick

    Archive: Cleaning Silver

    Cleaning Tarnished Silver: I need a quick method of cleaning badly tarnished silver and silver plate. A while ago, I moved and then had surgery and by the time I unpacked, all my silver was badly tarnished. Nothing I have tried so far has been very successful, and I cannot stand or sit for long at the present.

    SheilaMay from Bronx, NY

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    RE: Cleaning Silver

    I read somewhere that to clean silver you put them in the sink with a few polident tablets and pour hot water on them and let them set for 1 hour. I hope this works but it surely will not hurt to try. (01/06/2007)

    By Nancy

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    The hot water foil method does work but please folks be careful. It can ruin your silver. The best fastest creme is Wrights silver polish and it not only cleans but protects your silver also. If you have silver that you don't use everyday, Why not invest in some Silvercloth? You can buy it by the yard and make some drawstring bags to store your silver in. Lots of Places on the internet sell it. It is impregnated with silver so when you store your silver in it It does not tarnish. This is the safest way to store your silver. The fabric sells for about 17.00 a yard but a yard of fabric makes alot of bags. Plus some internet sites run sales as low as 6.95 a yard it is called Silvercloth or Pacific Cloth. Good Luck. (01/06/2007)

    By Debra in Colorado

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    I swear by a product called Never dull
    It comes in a can, looks like dryer lint that has been infused with some cleaning solvent-but works great and never scratches-is very easy to use and then toss the dirty pieces. Purchase at True Valu Hardware for about $5 per can
    (01/06/2007)

    By Diana

    Archive: Cleaning Silver


    Cleaning Tarnished Silver: I need tips for clenaing badly tarnished sterling silver.

    Helen from Ridley Park, PA

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    RE: Cleaning Silver

    I tried cleaning my sterling silver jewelry in bicarbonate & warm water in a aluminum foil pan. It only took out a little bit of the tarnish. IT DID give a shine, but not what I expected.
    (09/05/2006)

    By Beverly

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    Hi, all this reply is for all the above. First off you can not clean silver with bi-carbonate or mix sodium carbonate {soda crystals} with aluminium. Keep doing this and you will die 'literly' its very dangerous.. i see many tips for cleaning silver with household products, such as aluminum foil and soda crystals? Yes, it will work a little, and will take years off your life! Buy a bag of soda crystals and read the instructions. Do not use with ALUMINUM.



    The only safe method proved since 1907 and still sold today is the pristine plate, and they still offer a full money back purchase. I know is sold worldwide.(10/18/2007)

    By a-s-c

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    Hi, this is in response to the advice about not using soda crystals and aluminum foil together. After I read this, I went into the kitchen and looked at my yellow box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. There is no warning at all. So I got online to look at the recommendations for Washing Soda. There was a warning about not using it on aluminum but it seemed to be more about damaging the aluminum than a health risk.

    Curious, I did a little more digging on the internet and I think I have the answer. There is a product called Washing Soda Crystals that is available in Europe which is much more caustic and powerful than what is known as Washing Soda in the US. I believe that the warning was relating to those. I could find NOTHING about any danger at all for baking soda being used in this manner.

    If fact, many, many sites recommend it as the best option for safely cleaning anything. I think if you were to just use baking soda instead of washing soda, this silver tarnish tip would be safe and effective. If anyone has evidence to the contrary, please post the link or source here.

    Jess (10/18/2007)

    By jess_admin

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    It is important to use foil shiny side up, or it wont work, and there is a world of difference between baking soda and soda crystals! I mean you can put baking soda in green vegetables but you put soda crystals down the sink! (11/10/2007)

    By Mary

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    TOOTHPASTE works wonders!
    Use a little and then buff with a soft cloth.
    It really works.

    Monique

    Somerset, UK (04/20/2008)

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    You can use baking soda as a cure for indigestion. You can't use Washing Soda. They are chemically different. Chuck (09/02/2008)

    By jess_admin

    Archive: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home


    I have a lot of silver pieces I'd like to clean up and use. What can I use from here in my home to clean them? I just don't know? Thanks for your help.

    Diana from Brookpark, OH

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    RE: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home

    I think you can use non-abrasive toothpaste. (06/10/2007)

    RE: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home

    I have been told that good old baking soda is a good polish for silver. I haven't needed to try it out yet but it sounded safe and practical.
    Hope this helps! (06/10/2007)

    By frugalmomma

    RE: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home

    Several years ago a "miracle" silverware cleaner was being advertised. You can make it yourself by smooshing up aluminum foil and laying in the bottom of your sink. Make sure you put the stopper in first. Pour baking soda over the paper. Place silver to be cleaned on the paper and pour boiling hot water over all. The tarnish leaches on to the foil and practically magically disappears from your silver. (06/12/2007)

    By duckie43

    RE: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home

    Line the bottom of the pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable aluminum pan. Place silver object on top of the aluminum, making sure the silver touches the aluminum. Pour boiling water into the pan until the object is completely covered. Add about baking soda. (about 1/4 cup per liter or 1 cup per gallon of water). As you add the baking soda, the mixture may froth a bit and may spill over. The tarnish will begin to disappear quickly. For badly tarnished silver, you may need to repeat the experiment a 2nd time to remove all traces of tarnish. (06/12/2007)

    By Kate

    RE: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home

    To add to Duckie's recipe, add some salt as well. You don't need a lot of either. I use a liter or so of hot water, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of salt, and a large square of aluminium foil in the bottom of a pyrex dish. The silver must touch the foil. This is a chemical reaction that replaces the tarnish which is silver sulphate, with silver. The sulpher smell is rather stinky. You may want to use a silver polish to get a nice shine, as if the pieces are really badly tarnished, they will have a whitish look that should polish off. Regular silver polishes have an abrasive that takes off some of the silver over time. (06/12/2007)

    By louel53

    RE: Cleaning Silver with Products at Home

    These ideas are fine if your silverware does not have an intricate pattern that needs the tarnish in the grooves to be seen. The problem with Tarnix is that it takes all the tarnish off, but it also does not make the silver shine. It leaves a cloudy look to it. I have also used Cream of Tartar in a large non teflon pot and boiled the silver. The Cream of Tartar will also remove tarnish in this fashion, but do not use a pot that has a teflon coating or the Cream of Tartar will pit it and pull the Teflon off your pan as well as the tarnish off your silver. (11/19/2007)

    By Spunkie

    Archive: Cleaning Silver


    I purchased at a garage sale approximately 20 silver and silver plated serving pieces, such as trays, casserole stands, pitchers, etc. Some are in good shape, some have a lot of tarnish on them. What is the best way to clean these pieces, as most are pretty old? Also, where would you take them (as is) to try and sell them, if I decide not to take the time to clean them myself?

    Marsha

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    RE: Cleaning Silver

    Toothpaste (not the gel kind) will definitely work but if the tarnish is fairly bad it would take a lot less elbow grease to use good old fashioned silver polish remover that you can buy in almost every market or hardware store.

    You would be better off trying to re-sell the items on eBay, Craigslist, a second hand store, or consignment store 'after' you've polished them to fetch a higher price. (10/27/2008)

    By Deeli

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    Silver tarnish is a coating of silver sulfide on the surface of the piece. If you use a silver polish, or toothpaste, or a baking soda paste, you are rubbing a bit of the silver off each time.


    When you use the hot water and aluminum method, you are creating a chemical reaction that transfers the sulfur from the silver to the aluminum, which is why the aluminum looks dark when you have finished the process. The aluminum is now "tarnished", as it were. The salt or baking soda, or combination of these, in the water as well as heating the water just speeds up the chemical reaction. You can also use Calgon. I suppose you could use caustic soda, but it is corrosive to your skin, so there is no point in doing so. Some sources also suggest vinegar. What you are doing by adding the substance, whatever it is, to the water, is producing an electrolyte which enhances the chemical reaction. Sometimes you also get a bit of a rotten egg smell, which is some of the sulfur escaping as a gas, hydrogen sulfide. Not enough of this is produced to be harmful in your kitchen. Open a window. It is just stinky.


    In my experience, cleaning my collection of silver coffee spoons with this, some spoons cleaned up better than others. Some seemed to be slightly dull. I would polish the dull ones with a silver polish. They were not tarnished, but just didn't seem to be a shiny as the other spoons. I suspect it was the quality of the silver that made the difference. (10/27/2008)

    By louel53

    RE: Cleaning Silver

    I have heard that if you put water softener in a pie pan lined with aluminum foil, it works. I use white king water softener. (10/27/2008)

    By chris t.

    Archive: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    I am searching for a homemade recipe for cleaning silver that uses tin foil, baking soda and boiling water. Any help would be most appreciated!

    Karen from Fargo, ND

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    RE: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    I can tell you that the baking soda, salt and boiling water thing does work. However, in my case, there was a bit of odor while the silver was soaking. Please make sure you have a room that is well ventilated. It wasn't over-powering but I don't know how healthy it was. I just noticed it a bit. It went away as soon as I discarded the soaking bath.
    (10/30/2008)

    By Guest

    RE: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    I have one of those electrolytic cleaners sold on television some years ago.The instructions call for WASHING Soda not baking soda. You can achieve the same results with some aluminum foil, VERY hot water and Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. You can find the washing soda in the laundry product section in your grocery store. (10/30/2008)

    By Nancy

    Archive: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    What is the best way to clean silver without chemicals?

    By maere6836 from NJ

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    RE: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    I use a very soft toothbrush and toothpaste and a little warm water to make a paste, brush on with a gentle circular motion. Rinse off and buff with a soft cloth. This also works on jewelery. (06/04/2009)

    By blackbess

    RE: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    I use toothpaste. (06/09/2009)

    By lavonneann

    Archive: Cleaning Silver With Products at Home

    Years ago I was lured into buying one of those "but wait" products that miraculously cleaned tarnished silver. I had mediocre results and had to buy a certain detergent and something else to mix with it. In essence, I got a sheet of tin with some holes in it and instructions on how to use it.

    I found several suggestions saying to use baking soda and tin foil in some manner to remove tarnish. I was cleaning some old silver trays that had been in storage for a very long time, so I needed a big container that could hold boiling water to place the items in. I have a stainless steel sink, so I put the stopper in, covered the bottom with aluminum foil, placed one tray in, put in a couple of tablespoons of baking soda on top, then covered it all with boiling water.

    After cleaning a couple of pieces, I thought of adding a second sheet of tin foil on top of the piece and it seemed to be an even more efficient way of tackling this task. The secret is that the foil must touch the piece in some way. I let it sit in the solution for about a half hour.

    To my amazement, when I rubbed my finger around the edge of the tray, my finger was black from the tarnish that had been brought out of the tray. The sheets of foil, through some chemical reaction, had absorbed the tarnish and were dark with the collection of it. After removing most of the tarnish this way, I used my silver polish to shine it up and protect it. No more of those "but wait" pieces of tin and buying special detergents, etc.

    Source: Gleaned from many places and perfected by experimenting.

    By Sandy from Elon, NC

    Archive: Use Baking Soda and Water for Cleaning Silver

    Instead of spending money on silver polish, just follow the following instructions: In a stainless steel sink, add 1/2 of a cup of baking soda to 1 gallon of water, dip silver in water and wipe with a sponge to remove tarnish. I use this all the time and it's wonderful.

    By Esther from Baltimore , MD

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    RE: Use Baking Soda and Water for Cleaning Silver

    Will this tip work in a porcelain sink? I would like to use baking soda and water. (01/24/2008)

    By Karen95

    RE: Use Baking Soda and Water for Cleaning Silver

    Use tinfoil in the bottom of a porcelain sink. It works perfectly. (12/28/2008)

    By Debbie

    Cleaning Silver, Silver tea pot with an antique Chinese tea cup and saucer.
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