How To Polish Silver

Your beautiful silver pieces shouldn't have to 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

  • Tarnished silver
  • Warm water
  • Dish soap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Boiled water
  • 2 pots
  • Clean cloth
  • 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, as 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 ¼ 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 the 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.
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