How to Naturally Clean Tarnished Silver!

How to Naturally Clean Tarnished Silver!


How to Naturally Clean Tarnished Silver

Need to clean your tarnished silverware and get it ready for the holidays? Or maybe just want to wear that silver necklace/bracelet/pair of earrings to an upcoming party and they are badly tarnished? Don’t worry, we have a great, eco-friendly recipe for you! You probably already have the items you’ll need in your house now!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking Soda
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Boiling water
  • Toothpaste

Steps to sparkly, tarnish-free silver!

1. Have lots of pieces to clean at once? Cover the inside bottom of a glass, heatproof dish and place a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up, inside of it. Put the tarnished silver in the bottom of the dish and add 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Then proceed to pour boiling water over it until the silver piece(s) is covered. The tarnish will gradually collect on the aluminum foil and clean the sterling. Remove your silver, rinse thoroughly and polish with a soft, clean cloth.

2. Maybe it’s something smaller? Try some white toothpaste! Dab some on your finger and rub it into the tarnish. Add a toothbrush to the mix to get into small crevices ( preferably an old one with soft bristles).

3. Or bigger… Use baking soda and a clean, damp sponge. Make a paste of baking soda and water, then scoop the paste onto the sponge and rub it onto the silver. Rinse with hot water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth.

4. Or really persistent! For badly tarnished silver, leave the baking soda paste on the silver for an hour so before cleaning off with the help of the sponge and hot water.


Hope this helps you keep a clean, green home! For the tougher cleaning jobs, don’t be afraid to get help. Give us a give us a call or contact us for a free estimate. Happy holidays! And remember, always Stay Green!


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