How to Clean Silver With Tin Foil

Updated February 21, 2017

From jewelery to dishes, silver is a valuable metal used for a variety of items. But silver, like most other items, can become dirty. If you have silver items around your home, you might have noticed the tarnish on your possessions. Luckily, you can actually clean the silver products using tin foil and return the silver back to its original shine.

Take a bowl you would typically use to cook or prepare food in and coat the entire bottom with tin foil. It is all right if you need to use more than one sheet.

Pour hot water into the bowl. It can be boiling water, but this is not necessary (although you do know it is hot if it is boiling).

Put 2 tbsp of baking soda into the water followed by 1 tsp of salt. This should dissolve quickly in the hot water.

Place the silver items in the bowl and allow them to sit for at least 30 minutes.

Return to the bowl. The water should now be cool so you can reach in and take out your silver. The pieces should be tarnish free. But if there are still a few bits of tarnish and dirt left, you need to pour out the water, replace the tin foil and begin again.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Tin foil
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Water
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