DIY–Cleaning silver at home–the easy way

“You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” – Paul Prudhomme

However, it does make the experience that extra bit special, don’t you agree?





This technique is super easy, fast and thrifty!

It involves soaking the pieces in a salt and baking soda solution for about 5 minutes then drying them off with a soft cloth.


I had small items I wanted to clean so I started by lining a loaf tin with tinfoil. I then boiled the jug for some hot water and poured about 2 inch’s into the lined tin. I mixed in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking soda until dissolved. Then I added the pieces I wanted to clean.   After approximately 5 minutes I removed the pieces and wiped them down with a soft cloth….. that’s it!

If you have bigger items to soak you can scale up this method by lining your kitchen sink or a bucket with tinfoil filling it 1/2 way with boiling water and adding a cup of each, salt and baking soda. Leave the items to soak for up to half an hour if necessary. TIP: for stubborn stains you can remove the piece from the bath after a couple of minutes and softly wipe the area with a wet cloth to loosen the grime then return the piece to the solution, repeat if necessary.

Check out the pictures for the process I used today.

I even tried the nickel silver coffee spoons I brought today, they came up a little cleaner than they were but they still need further attention. My suggestion is to stick to silver and silver plate for this method.

Hope you find this tip useful!


  1. I’ve used baking soda for many years to clean my silver jewelry, Pepper. I make a sort of paste with a small amount of warm water, and use an old, soft toothbrush (gets into the crevices very nicely!), and just brush away the tarnish. It takes only a minute…and does not harm the silver as regular tarnish removers do.

    BTW…the forks are quite spectacular, especially when cleaned up!


  2. Ah, perfect timing. I’ll have to pass this on to my mom as I believe she said something about cleaning silver and she’s out of silver cleaner. Thanks for the great tip.


    1. Hi, thanks for your comment, and I am glad that I could share this tip! I picked up the cake forks in a thrift shop yesterday and they are definitely old and very lovely! 🙂


    1. Hey Sis,

      Yep perfectly safe for jewellery. It’s way less invasive than metal polish.

      You have to use tinfoil to line the bath because this is a chemical reaction just like electroplating. The salts lift the tarnish but the solution is unable to hold the tarnish and needs to transfer it to something else – so the ‘receiver’ is the tinfoil…. making it easy for you to throw it away at the end… You can use whatever container you like for the outside of the bath, like a soup bowl, or even a cup for tiny items…..



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