How to Clean Silver-Plated Cutlery

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How to Clean Silver-Plated Cutlery
You don't always need silver polish to clean silver-plated cutlery. (fork image by Pefkos from

Silver-plated cutlery requires polishing and cleaning from time to time. Whether you use silver cutlery regularly, or you just get it out once in a blue moon, it will tarnish. Getting the tarnish off silverware, and keeping it sparkling clean isn't all that difficult. In fact, with a few basic household items, your silver-plated cutlery will look top notch.

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Things you need

  • Aluminium foil
  • 2 bowls
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge
  • 2 soft cloths

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  1. 1

    Fill a bowl with warm water and a drop or two of dish soap. Put the silver-plated cutlery in the bowl of soapy water.

  2. 2

    Use the sponge to scrub any dirt and debris from the silverware. Then, take each piece of silverware out of the soapy water and set it on a dry towel.

  3. 3

    Line a bowl or baking dish with aluminium foil. Place the foil shiny-side up, dull-side down. Place all of the silver-plated cutlery in the foil-lined dish.

  4. 4

    Pour warm water over top of the silverware into the foil-lined bowl. The water should just cover the silverware.

  5. 5

    Add baking soda to the water. Keep adding baking soda until the water begins to fizz.

  6. 6

    Remove the silver-plated cutlery from the water when the water stops fizzing. Take each piece out of the water one at a time, and dry it with a clean, soft cloth.

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