How to Polish Silver by Real Simple’s Easy 6 step Process

Silver Tea Set

Silver Tea Set

Beautiful silver pieces shouldn’t languish at the back of a shelf. Removing tarnish might seem like a time-consuming task, but some simple household products make for an easy clean―no backbreaking scrubbing required.

1. Wash your silver in mild soapy water

Start by washing your silver items with mild dish soap and warm water.

Tip: Avoid the dishwasher, the extreme heat can warp items.

2. Place silver in a pot lined with aluminum foil

Make sure the pot has a well-fitting lid.

3. Mix ingredients with boiling water

In a separate pot, bring a quart of water to a boil; mix in a 1/4 cup baking soda and a couple of teaspoons of salt.

4. Pour the solution into the pot

Cover the pot once you’ve poured in this mix. The solution will cause a chemical reaction that should remove any blackness from the silver. This could take up to five minutes.

5. Rinse and dry your silver

Remove silver from pot, rinse with clean water, and dry with a clean, soft cloth.

Tip: Prevent tarnish by storing silver in acid-free tissue paper or unbleached cotton muslin (found at fabric stores) inside a resealable bag.

6. Touch up with polish

If your piece is still looking a little tarnished, finish the job with some silver polish.

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