How to Clean Silver With Aluminum Foil & Salt

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How to Clean Silver With Aluminum Foil & Salt
Keep your favourite silver pieces tarnish-free by cleaning with foil and salt. (a silver watch image by timur1970 from

If your silver needs to be cleaned, try a homemade silver cleaner. Commercial silver cleaners are available, but they can be costly. Silver can be cleaned using aluminium foil and table salt for a fraction of the cost of commercial cleaners. This homemade method for cleaning silver will remove tarnish and restore shine to your silver jewellery, flatware and any other silver items that need to be cleaned.

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Things you need

  • Baking dish or pan
  • Aluminium foil
  • Pot
  • Water
  • 2 tablespoons table salt
  • Spoon
  • Tongs
  • Rag

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  1. 1

    Line the bottom of baking dish or pan with aluminium foil. The size of the pan will depend on the size of the silver items you are cleaning. The pan needs to be large enough to hold the silver and cover it with water.

  2. 2

    Fill a separate pot with water. Place the pot on the stove and bring the water to a boil. Use enough water in the pot to cover, or just about cover, the silver piece.

  3. 3

    Pour the hot water into the pan with the aluminium foil. Use caution so not to burn yourself when pouring the hot water.

  4. 4

    Add 2 tablespoons of table salt to the water. Stir gently with a spoon to dissolve the salt.

  5. 5

    Place the silver pieces in the pan with the aluminium foil, water and salt. Let the silver remain in the water for about two to three minutes, or until you see that the silver piece is clean and tarnish-free. Use tongs to toss around the silver so that the tarnished and dirty parts come into contact with the aluminium foil. The idea is for the tarnish and dirt to transfer from the silver onto the aluminium foil.

  6. 6

    Remove the silver from the pan using a pair of tongs. Rinse the silver with plain water and buff with a dry rag.

Tips and warnings

  • If the silver piece you are cleaning is large, requiring a large amount of water, double the amount of table salt used.
  • Add a dash of baking soda along with the salt for added cleaning power.

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