This tarnish, or silver sulfide, is the result of a chemical reaction between the silver and sulfur in the air it is exposed to. As disappointing as it may be to watch the shine disappear from your favorite silver platter or jewelry, it is so easy to learn how to clean silver without damaging it! The best part is that it doesn’t require strong cleaning agents or hours of polishing to actually remove some of the silver in the process.
Look no further than two ingredients you already have at home—baking soda and aluminum foil—to transform your black coated silver back to the gleaming finish it once had. In a matter of minutes, the baking soda and aluminum create a chemical reaction of their own to reverse rather than remove the tarnish and will leave your silver shining. Check out this no-rubbing-required solution for how to clean tarnished silver. Get ready to turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab and prepare to be amazed!
How to Clean Tarnished Silver With Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil
Start by gathering all of your tarnished silver pieces, a deep pot, one to two cups of baking soda, and a roll of aluminum foil. If you have a very large number of silver pieces that are tarnished or an oversized piece that cannot be fully submerged in water in a deep pot on the stove, consider lining your sink with foil and following the steps outlined below using your sink as the hot water container.
Step 1: Heat a Pot or Sink of Water
On the stovetop, bring water to a boil in a very deep pot or, if you have too many pieces of silver to clean, line your sink with aluminum foil and use extremely hot tap water to fill it. Please note that the hotter the water temperature used, the quicker the chemical reaction that reverses tarnish will take place, so tap water temperature may require the silver to be submerged in the baking soda solution used in the following steps for a longer duration.