Restore Old Silver Back to It’s Original Beauty Using Ingredients from Your Kitchen Cupboard

The Best-Kept Silver Cleaning Secret Ever

Whether you’re having a party and realize that your silver punch bowl has seen better days or want to wear that fabulous find from the flea market that now looks tarnished from years of neglect, you’ll love this simple silver cleaner.

Cleaning silver doesn’t require expensive machines or strong chemicals. In fact, you’ll be able to do it with items you probably have right now in your kitchen. Tarnish is nothing more than oxidation of the silver. It has to do with a chemical change.

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How To Clean Your Silver Jewelry in A Snap

You can reverse that change and “de-oxidize” the silver with aluminum foil, baking soda, vinegar, salt and hot water all placed in a bowl with your silver.

When silver tarnishes, it’s reacting with the sulfur in the air. The sulfur combination creates a darker appearance that can vary from black to yellow or brown.

Why These Ingredients?

The baking soda, salt, and vinegar create a reaction that facilitates the breaking of the bond of the sulfur to the silver and creates a new bond to the aluminum foil.

You can get the same reaction by heating water with salt and baking soda in a container lined with aluminum foil and keep on a source of heat. That takes a bit longer to “unbond” the sulfur from the silver and “rebond” it to the aluminum.

Want Instant Result?

If you’re in a pinch and want instant results, add some vinegar to do it. The reaction of baking soda and vinegar creates a chemical reaction that speeds the process, so it will only take minutes to see your jewelry sparkle again. Just rinse off the silver and dry it and it will look dazzling in minutes.

You’ll Need:

  • Aluminum foil
  • 1 tbsp Baking soda to each 1 cup of water
  • Boiling hot water
  • Dish


Line dish with foil. In a separate container, add 1 tbsp of baking soda for each 1 cup of hot boiling water.

Place silver on the dish so it sits on the foil.

Pour the mixture of baking soda and hot water into the dish.

Let it sit for 2-10 minutes. Dry and be amazed.

Even if you decide to wear Grandma’s stunning silver necklace to your next special occasion, only to realize it’s practically black, just pop it in the mixture while you’re fixing your hair, brushing your teeth or applying your makeup and by the time you’re ready, your jewelry will be looking stunning.

Whether you’re preparing for your next party and want your flatware or silver dishes to look stunning or just want to clean all your jewelry and have it ready to wear, you won’t have to spend a fortune or take hours out of your schedule with this simple technique.

Best of all, it doesn’t damage the silver in any manner and doesn’t cost a fortune.

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About the Author Calleigh

Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.

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