Silver Cleaning Hacks

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I have an heirloom that is silver and I have been wanting to clean it up. I decided to try a bunch of silver cleaning hacks to see what would work best to clean it. I started with some silverware that I had to do the test runs.


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Let's start with the top 3 winners!


Boiling method: In a pot place a large piece of tin foil in the bottom, fill with 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Bring to a boil.

Place your silver in the boiling water for 10-30 seconds and pull out. It's pretty amazing to watch the tarnish literally disappear!

Place your silver in the boiling water for 10-30 seconds and pull out. It's pretty amazing to watch the tarnish literally disappear!

Baking Soda & Water Paste: Place 1/4 cup baking soda and 1-2 tablespoons of water into a bowl and make a paste.

Use a cloth to rub the mixture onto the sliver. When finished cleaning, rinse off.

Toothpaste Method - For this use regular toothpaste (not gel). I used Crest no flavor regular toothpaste.

Put the toothpaste on a cloth and rub the silver with the toothpaste. Rinse off when finished cleaning.

Honorable Mentions: these technique worked but not quite as well as the above or took a little longer or more effort than I wanted.


Water & Ammonia: Place 1 cup warm water in a bowl. Add 1/2 c. Ammonia, stir and place the silver in the bowl.

Let soak for 10 minutes. When finished use a cloth to wipe clean and rinse off. I found it didn't completely come clean but it did make a difference.

Vinegar & Baking Soda: Place 1/2 cup vinegar in a bowl with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Let soak for 2-3 hours.

Let soak for 2-3 hours, rinse and dry off. I found that I needed to use a scrub pad and still scrub at it after it soaked. I was digging into the baking soda to do the scrubbing. So it worked but why not just use the baking soda technique from above...

Lemon Juice, Water, & Powdered Milk: In a dish place 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 1/2 cups water, and 1/2 cup instant powdered milk and mix. It literally turns sour and looks gross (just a heads up).

Let this soak overnight. The next day take a cloth and wipe clean. Once it's clean rinse it off. This method worked pretty well and surprised me. I just don't know if I want to wait a whole day for everything to get cleaned.

What didn't work???

  • Soaking in lemon lime soda for 1 hour
  • Cleaning with hand sanitizer - although if your looking to remove fingerprints and such this worked great for that and gave it a nice shine.


Special notes - to stop the tarnish from coming back with regards to small items and silverware - place in a ziploc baggie and squeeze as much air out as possible. It's the air that causes the tarnish to come back.


For Silver plated items - stay away from acid cleaners like vinegar and lemon juice. It could harm the plating.

Here is my heirloom that I'm going to clean up and turn into a lamp... coming soon

Here is my heirloom that I'm going to clean up and turn into a lamp... coming soon (don't worry we have checked that it isn't worth anything, and beyond repair).


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  • Aardy Aardy on Sep 20, 2021

    Yes! Definitely, and hope it works for my silver jewelry also! No one has mentioned that so far ... any warnings or all the same? Thanks!

  • Bev49420966 Bev49420966 on Sep 20, 2021

    If you do your clarinet -- how do you plan to keep it from tarnishing again? Can you spray it with something like Ultra Cover Satin?

  • Martha Daughtry Martha Daughtry on Sep 21, 2021

    Why not use silver polish? As the owner of several sets of sterling flatware and many sets of vintage silverplate, I would never use anything abrasive like baking soda or a scrub pad on a piece unless it was disposable to me. Also, as mentioned at the end of the post, vinegar on silverplate is not a good idea, but neither is it good for sterling. I always rinse salad forks ASAP because I have experienced the result of salad dressing staying on the silver for too long. I appreciate the willingness to explore all these methods, but in the end silver polish is the best! My favorite and easiest to use is Wrights Silver Cream.

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