How to Polish Silver

Beautiful silver pieces shouldn’t languish at the back of a shelf. Removing tarnish might seem like a time-consuming task, but some simple household products make for an easy clean―no backbreaking scrubbing required. Watch this video.

What You Need

  1. Check tarnished silver
  2. Check warm water
  3. Check dish soap
  4. Check aluminum foil
  5. Check baking soda
  6. Check salt
  7. Check boiled water
  8. Check two pots
  9. Check clean cloth
  10. Check silver polish

Follow These Steps

  1. Wash your silver in mild soapy water

    Start by washing your silver items with mild dish soap and warm water.

    Tip: Avoid the dishwasher, the extreme heat can warp items.

  2. Place silver in a pot lined with aluminum foil

    Make sure the pot has a well-fitting lid.

  3. Mix ingredients with boiling water

    In a separate pot, bring a quart of water to a boil; mix in a 1/4 cup baking soda and a couple of teaspoons of salt.

  4. Pour the solution into the pot

    Cover the pot once you’ve poured in this mix. The solution will cause a chemical reaction that should remove any blackness from the silver. This could take up to five minutes.

  5. Rinse and dry your silver

    Remove silver from pot, rinse with clean water, and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

    Tip: Prevent tarnish by storing silver in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached cotton muslin (found at fabric stores) inside a resealable bag.

  6. Touch up with polish

    If your piece is still looking a little tarnished, finish the job with some silver polish.