How to Clean Silver Plated Candlesticks

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How to Clean Silver Plated Candlesticks
Clean your silver plated candlesticks with boiling water. (boiling water 2 image by Christopher Hall from

Silver plated candlesticks are a centrepiece for many dining tables and other areas of the home. They provide a subtle, traditional display. Just like any other silver object, the candlesticks become tarnished and soiled on occasion. You must use a mild cleaning solution that gets all of the build-up off of the candlesticks without harming the silver plating.

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Things you need

  • Large pot
  • Large skillet
  • Aluminium foil
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Large spoon
  • Tongs
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Use enough water to submerge the candlesticks and keep the water line at least 3 inches under the top rim of the pot.

  2. 2

    Place a large skillet on another burner and line the bottom with a large sheet of aluminium foil, shiny side up.

  3. 3

    Place all of the candlesticks into the pan. Make sure they are all touching the foil somewhere.

  4. 4

    Pour baking soda into the pot of boiling water. Add 1 cup of baking soda per gallon of water. Stir the water with a large spoon to dissolve the soda.

  5. 5

    Slowly pour the water into the large skillet. Add water until the skillet is full and the candlesticks are submerged as much as possible.

  6. 6

    Turn the candlesticks with tongs every three minutes so a new area of the candlestick touches the foil. Continue for 15 minutes.

  7. 7

    Remove the candlesticks from the water one at a time. Rinse each with hot water and dry with a soft cloth to restore the shine of the silver plating.

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