How to Polish Silver With Washing Soda & Foil

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How to Polish Silver With Washing Soda & Foil
You don't need a butler to polish your silver. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

An old cleaning trick for removing tarnish from silver involves soaking the silver in hot water, with a bit of baking soda and aluminium foil, with the silver always touching the foil. While you can use washing soda in a similar fashion, don't confuse it with baking soda. Washing soda or sodium carbonate is not edible, while baking soda's many uses includes one as a recipe ingredient. Use washing soda in cleaning, to soften water and to polish your silver.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Aluminium foil
  • Washing soda
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Place the sink stopper in a clean kitchen sink. Lay a sheet of aluminium foil along the bottom of the sink.

  2. 2

    Fill the sink with about 3-inches of hot tap water. Add 1 tbsp of washing soda and stir to dissolve.

  3. 3

    Lay your tarnished silver pieces in the sink, atop the foil.

  4. 4

    Remove the silver after about 30 minutes or less, rinse and buff dry to polish. You will see the tarnish start to disappear while in the water.

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