How To Clean Silver/silverplate Without Scrubbing Recipe

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How to clean Silver/Silverplate without scrubbing

Isis Bakeet


I always enjoyed chemistry in High School and College; when I saw an ad for a "special gadget" that promised to clean silver with only boiling water and baking soda I laughed! The gadget was a piece of aluminum! being me ( a somewhat mad scientist) I went to my kitchen and VOILA! The recipe follows. Everyone I share it with utilizes it whenever gleaming silver is essential at the dining table. Saves a LOT of time and costs pennies...and so EASY!
By the way, this also works for silver son is a jeweler and he recommends it for plain silver chains, earrings, etc.

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10 Min


5 Min


1/2 gal
boiling water or enough to immerse object you wish to clean
1 c
baking soda (i find that arm&hammer works best)
1 large
sheet of aluminum foil or enough to cover bottom of glass or plastic bowl/basin in which you will clean the silver item(s)
1 large
plastic basin or glass baking dish to hold the cleaning solution and silver item(s)

Directions Step-By-Step

Boil the amount of water sufficient to cover items you wish to clean (silverware, silverplate, silver platters,silver bowls or the like).
Tear a piece of aluminum foil to fit the bottom of the cleaning vessel; add the boiling water and baking soda (Decrease amount of water and soda if only using a small amount of water). Stir together briefly.
Immediately submerge your tarnished silver items in the solution, making sure all surfaces are covered with the water . After only a very few minutes you will have beautifully clean and glowing silver!
Remove cleaned items and rinse well with clean warm water. Dry with a soft lint-free kitchen towel. (Now, go put your feet up and read a good book with the time you have saved!)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
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