How to Clean Silver

You may remember that I found this silver platter at the thrift store for half price. Its no surprise that people were passing this up, I mean look how dirty and tarnished it is. Well, I am a thrifty chick and was drawn to the engraving and holly detail so I bought it hoping I could revive it.
Before beginning this process I tried using my silver cleaning cloth that I use for cleaning my jewelry but it wasn't looking too hot so I continued with my plan of trying the DIY silver cleaner I found online.
Simply line your sink with foil.......
then let the platter soak in extremely hot salty water for about 40 minutes.
I started with four tablespoons of salt.
Along the way I added a little more salt and some baking soda then rinsed it and dried it with a paper towel.
Once it was dry I used a soft cloth and the remaining tarnish wiped right off......
revealing a beautiful silver Christmas diamond in the rough!
You can see more pics and the full tutorial on my blog.

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3 of 11 questions
  • Bette J Miller
    Bette J Miller
    on Jul 16, 2017

    Would this work on large items? We have a large very ornate pitcher we use for communionand it needs cleaning
    • Katherine Cicigoi
      Katherine Cicigoi
      on Sep 12, 2017

      Plastic tubs come in all sizes. Put the p. Tub into a larger cardboard box. Lightly stuff newspapers all around tub. This will insulate the hot water pretty well. Be sure to cover all with more cardboard and newspapers....oh, don't forget th Reynolds Wrap.
  • Dorothy Wirth
    Dorothy Wirth
    on Dec 15, 2018

    Wouldn’t this remove the intensional tarnish used to enhance details?

  • Kathy Bourgot
    Kathy Bourgot
    on Nov 2, 2019

    Can you use this same process on jewelry?

    • Sheila Ryan
      Sheila Ryan
      on Feb 27, 2020

      Depending on whether it is real sterling silver or not. It should work. I use baking soda with the foil. All the tarnish is left on the foil & smells horrible. Rinse afterwards.

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  • Ann S.
    Ann S.
    on Jul 22, 2020

    I was told by a jeweler to NEVER use the aluminum foil on method on REAL SILVER!! So, I for 1 would not try this method.

  • Jenny
    on Aug 29, 2020

    Not on silver plated items. This process uses electrolysis to lift off a minute later of silver. So works ok but one day the last layer will come off and you are left with base metal.

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