Silver Cleaning Recipe

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Recipe by Kimke

I believe this originally came from Heloise. I always lose it so I thought posting it here was a good idea.

Top Review by Roosie

This did not work quite as well as I thought it would on extremely tarnished silver. But it still worked pretty well and my things turned from black to silver-y, but not glistening like if I had used polish on them. Certainly a good method if you're just trying to clean off a large amount of silver, but for heavily tarnished objects that you want to glisten, sticking to real silver polish is a better idea. I did find that this version of the recipe worked much better than a version with 1 TBS baking soda, 1 TBS salt. I also did not find that this cleaned the tarnish out of the cracks of my silver too much, which is actually nice as that lends to the depth of most pieces, but might not be ideal for something like silverware.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put drain stopper in the sink and add the foil, one piece lengthwise and one across.
  2. Pour in boiling water.
  3. Add the baking soda and swish it around.
  4. Place the silver pieces in the solution, making sure they touch the foil, and let stand for several minutes.
  5. Carefully watch as the tarnish moves from the silverware to the foil.
  6. Remove the pieces, rinse well, and dry with a soft cloth.
  7. Only use this method occasionally, especially if you have silverplate.
  8. This can only be done in your sink--enamel or porcelin ONLY!
  9. DO NOT USE in a stainless steel sink.
  10. This recipe should NOT be used on antique or priceless pieces and should be used only occasionally.
  11. Keep in mind that this removes the oxide finish that adds subtle shadows, which create depth and dimension to detailed silver patterns.

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