Wednesday, August 15, 2012

De-tarnish your silver {in less than 2 minutes}

Last Christmas, my mother-in-law surprised me with my first piece of silver - a tea pot! She warned me it would eventually tarnish and require a little maintenance, and well, 6 months later it was definitely overdue for a little TLC. Removing tarnish by hand can be a daunting task, so I chose a much easier route following these simple steps...

You Will Need:
Aluminum foil
½ cup salt
½ cup baking soda
Almost - boiling hot water
Line your sink {or a dishpan} with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Pour the baking soda and salt into the sink. Fill sink two-thirds full with almost-boiling water.
 Submerge silver for 1 - 2 minutes. Rinse with hot water, and then immediately dry with a soft cloth.
Ta-da! Like brand new, in less than 2 minutes!

Why this method works: the foil, soda and hot water produce a chemical reaction that sucks the silver sulfide, or tarnish, from the silver item, and onto the foil. After cleaning several pieces, you will notice that the foil has become quite dark.

Happy de-tarnishing!


  1. This is great to know and Kevin will appreciate it greatly. He polishes my silverware piece by piece! ;)

  2. I def pinned that one! I hate polishing silver! Thanks for the tip! xoxo

  3. Wow! That's awesome! Do you think this would work on jewelry?

  4. Replies
    1. It does work on jewelry. Have some earrings soaking right now that I left on in a mineral hot spring. :)

  5. Looks awesome! It's amazing what a cleaning will do. I have some silver pieces I've bought at the thrift store that I need to clean.. this is perfect! Thanks.

  6. Wow, this is awesome. I waste so much time polishing silver or putting it off for too long. Perfect timing too, mine's in major need of a cleaning. Thanks for sharing!

  7. THANK YOU SO MUCH! You just saved the day! My hubby was helping out with the dishes and decided to put some of our pretty silver in the dish washer... EEEeeek! I know. Bless his heart, he felt so bad when I pulled them out and they had turned.I told him no worries although I was a little worried :/. But thank goodness I read your blog today because now I'm confident I can make the silver serving ware good as new! Thanks girl :)

  8. This is awesome to know! Thanks for sharing. I always go to Tiffany and Company and buy their silver polish pads which are not cheap. xo

  9. This is fantastic!! Love your blog. You're darling!! Newest reader!

  10. WOW! What a difference! That's nuts! Great tip!

  11. Whoa!! I need to try this - great post! Thanks :)

  12. Wow this saved me at least an hour, I will look at silver the same again. Thank You.


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