How to Remove Tarnish From Gold-Plated Silverware

Washing regular utensils is a no-brainer, but gold-plated silverware is valuable, which means that cleaning it requires a little more effort. Washing gold-plated silverware in the dishwasher is not advisable, because it may become damaged during the process. To remove tarnish from gold-plated silverware, you should polish and wash it by hand, but you must do so correctly, or you may scratch or dull the surface of your gold-plated silverware.

Make a paste with baking soda and water. Add 2 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp water to a bowl and use a spoon to mix the two ingredients together.

Rub the paste on the gold-plated silverware with a clean cloth. Keep rubbing until you see the black tarnish come off.

Apply a drop of mild dish soap to a sponge dampened with warm water. Wipe the gold-plated silverware clean with the soapy sponge.

Rinse the gold-plated silverware under a steady stream of cold water. Dry it immediately with a dry, soft cloth, as water can cause it to tarnish again.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 2 cloths
  • Mild dish soap
  • Sponge
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Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.