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…

Will Need:


cup salt

cup baking soda

– 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

 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!

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. Annie
    August 15, 2012 / 12:21 pm

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

  2. Amanda @ Eloquent English
    August 15, 2012 / 12:45 pm

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

  3. Annabelle
    August 15, 2012 / 12:55 pm

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

  4. Leigh Powell Hines (Hines-Sight Blog)
    August 15, 2012 / 1:48 pm

    What an awesome tip.

    • Mama T
      April 30, 2014 / 7:54 pm

      It does work on jewelry. Have some earrings soaking right now that I left on in a mineral hot spring. 🙂

  5. Amy@BuffaloRoam
    August 15, 2012 / 2:32 pm

    This makes it look so easy!

  6. Nicole-Lynn
    August 15, 2012 / 2:39 pm

    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.

  7. All Things Cherish
    August 15, 2012 / 3:14 pm

    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!

  8. Kristen Ostow
    August 15, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    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 🙂

  9. Fashion Meets Food
    August 16, 2012 / 5:35 pm

    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

  10. Desiree Lynn
    August 16, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    Definitely saving this tip!

  11. Danielle
    August 19, 2012 / 11:47 pm

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

  12. Celeste
    August 20, 2012 / 1:19 pm

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

  13. Hilary
    August 21, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    Whoa!! I need to try this – great post! Thanks 🙂

  14. Rosie Love
    July 7, 2015 / 9:04 pm

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

  15. Claudia Harrow
    February 3, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Have to tell you: Remember when you were a little kid and you sang "I'm A Little Tea Pot"? Well, the song was right. Teapots are short and stout. Coffee Pots are tall. Yours is a coffee pot. LOL

  16. Ritta Broken-Arrow
    April 28, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    Will this work on brass also? I have brass and silver wine holders??? Their not called glass so idk the proper weir for them at the moment?

  17. Margaret
    March 11, 2019 / 4:52 pm

    I’ve done this quite a few times on silverware. They ate much better but on some there appears to be a light coating of white/tan powder that I can’t polish off with a cloth.
    How do I get that off?

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