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Polishing Silverware

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Polishing silverware was a lot easier when the butler did it. Well cared for silverware makes for a beautiful table, but removing the tarnish and keeping it gleaming can seem like a lot of work. This is a guide about polishing silverware.



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Tip: Cleaning Silverplate Flatware

This is a useful hint for cleaning and re-plating silver cutlery. I got it from an old-fashioned butler. Crumple some clean aluminum foil (about 12 inches length of it) in a washing bowl of warm water with a little washing-up liquid. Leave for twenty minutes then wash as usual.

By Lucy from England

Tip: Polishing Silverware

Here's a recipe for cleaning silverware.

  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 qt. water
  • 1 piece aluminum foil pie plate

Soak 1 hour. Then wash.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Tip: Polishing Silver With Baking Soda

To polish silverware and remove tarnish, use your Arm and Hammer baking soda, a bowl or pan to fit your silverware, and aluminum foil to line the bowl.

  1. Line the bowl with foil.
  2. Place your silver in the bowl.
  3. Boil the water to fill your bowl and cover your silverware.
  4. Pour it into the aluminum lined bowl.
  5. Add the baking soda, about 1 cup per gallon of water. I used one quart of water, so 1/4 cup of baking soda. It's going to fizz, and it's fun to watch.

You can re-heat the baking soda water to give your silver more treatments if it is severely tarnished. This method doesn't remove any of the silver from your items, like commercial tarnish removers do, and the bubble action gets into small crevices that are difficult to polish otherwise.


By Kirsten from Logan, UT

Tip: Polishing Silver

A polished set of silverwareIn a small pot (the pot's size depends on what you're cleaning), place water to where it will cover the item being cleaned. Add 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. salt, and a capful of white vinegar. Then place the silver (silverware, etc.) on top a piece of aluminum foil with the shiny side down in pot, submerge it, then bring pot to a boil. Turn the silver or whatever it is on the other side, and you should see beautiful shiny silver on the side that was submerged. Don't ask me how it works but it really does.

By Ms_Thrifty from Houston, TX

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Here are questions related to Polishing Silverware.

Question: Cleaning Silverware

Please, is there an easy way to clean silverware without using Silvo? Thank you.

By Carolyn from Australia

Most Recent Answer

By Caressa08/16/2010

Here are some home made remedies to clean silverware.

Baking Soda

Use baking soda to do a quick, easy polish on silverware. Make a paste of baking soda and water, and use it to polish away tarnish. Rinse the silverware and dry with a clean cloth. Add a bit of salt or lemon juice to the paste to increase the cleaning power and make the piece smell nice.


Use a paste (not gel) toothpaste and a soft toothbrush or cloth to restore shine to silver. Rinse thoroughly, especially in crevices or etched decorations

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Question: Cleaning Silver Plate Lighter Without Soaking

I have a silver plated lighter which is heavily tarnished, but cannot be soaked for obvious reasons. Is there a homemade polish or cleaner that I can make which can be rubbed on similar to brass cleaner or wax polish?

By Iain M.

Most Recent Answer

By livnlrge0512/29/2013

Wright's Silver Polish by Waiman is amazing. It brought my grandmother's plated silver back to life. It has not been touched in over 40 years and now it looks brand new.