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Easy Way to Clean Silver Heirlooms

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Here is an easy way to clean pieces, sterling and/or plate silver with a large pot of hot hot water and baking soda! Full tutorial, credits and additional resources are in link at bottom. As with any cleaning technique, test this process on a small piece.

I started with a sterling silver pitcher. My thought was go big or go home. It was covered with decades of tarnish.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
First take a large pot of water on a slow simmer setting. Add approximately 1/4 cup baking soda . Some tutorials suggest adding a little salt.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
Add small sheets of aluminum foil to the water. Once water is simmering, turn off heat. I made the mistake of shaping the foil into a ball which caused the aluminum to rise to the water' surface. I needed the foil to get to the crevices with high concentrations of tarnish. Place sheets along the sides of the pot worked for me. Here's the foil after I removed the sterling pitcher
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
This is a few minutes later. I repeated the process and weighted the pitcher with a tea kettle. As you can see the full submerged bottom of the pitcher got the best results.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms, cleaning tips
Full tutorial and credit to where I first found the idea is included on blog. I also included a tutorial that includes salt.
  • easy way to clean sterling silver heirlooms
Thank you! Laura

Material I used for this project:

  • Baking soda, aluminum foil

To see more: https://notatrophywife.com/2017/06/heirloom-silver/

Got a question about this project?

  • Not a Trophy Wife

    Thank you for all the feedback, suggestions and contributions to this post! I updated the details on my blog as well! https://notatrophywife.com/2017/06/heirloom-silver/

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV

    Just an FYI .....NEVER use rubber bands wrapped around bagged silver, the tarnish marks are near impossible to remove. I learned the hard way.

  • NancyMaria
    NancyMaria Elko, NV

    Take a close look at your silver details. Some are make to have those dark accent areas to make other parts show better and this method will remove everything.

    • Jeri McAllister

      I have some sterling flatware that my aunt used this method to clean. It removed all the dark coloring that is used to accent the detailed areas. I would like to restore the dark part--anyone have any ideas?

  • Not a Trophy Wife

    Agree. Thank you!

  • Not a Trophy Wife

    Thanks for the conversation.

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