Silver Cleaning in 15 Seconds!

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 0 mins

Learned this while I was living in Mexico. You tend to learn tricks like these when you don't have things readily available! Not for use on antiqued silver.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 tablespoon water, softener (also called washing soda or lime-scale remover)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • hot water (if it can burn you, it's too hot)
  • aluminum foil


  1. Run a quart of hot water into your kitchen sink.
  2. Dissolve the washing soda and salt in the water.
  3. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom of the sink and place your tarnished silver on top. It must touch the aluminum foil.
  4. The silver that's touching the foil and covered with water should become clean within 10sec.
  5. If badly tarnished, rub silver item with a cloth after removing it from the water.
  6. Alternatively:.
  7. Next time you boil potatoes, cool the leftover water and dip your tarnished silverware into it.


Most Helpful

It's magical! If I could give half stars I'd give this a 4 1/2. It worked beautifully on most of my silver but didn't fully clean a couple of extremely tarnished items although they're vastly improved. Made for My-3-Chefs.

Dreamer in Ontario November 06, 2009

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