How to Remove Tarnish From a Silver Teapot

Updated February 21, 2017

A silver teapot can be a beautiful and elegant piece for your dining room table or your display cabinet. Unfortunately, over time the same teapot can become tarnished due to reactions between the silver and the chemical compound hydrogen sulphide. Fortunately, you can remove this discolouration from a teapot using very simple, inexpensive household items. With the right ingredients and techniques, you can restore the shine to your silver teapot in no time.

Line a large pot or roaster with aluminium foil.

Open the lid on the teapot and place the pot and lid into the pot.

Boil enough water to cover the teapot. Once the water is boiling, pour it over the teapot inside the large pot.

Add 1 cup of baking soda to the pot for each gallon of water that you use.

Let the teapot and lid soak in the mixture for three to five minutes.

Rinse the teapot and dry it with a soft cloth.


Use a toothbrush with a little baking soda and water on it to scrub any crevices on the teapot that may still be tarnished after completing this procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Toothbrush
  • Cloth
  • Aluminium foil
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