How to Clean Sterling Silver Effortlessly

Use this easy method to clean tarnished silver.


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You Will Need

  • A glass, heat-proof dish or pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking soda
  • Boiling water
  • A plastic or wooden spoon
  • Paper towels
  • A soft cloth
  • Airtight containers
  • Toothpaste and a soft toothbrush (optional) (optional) (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Prepare dish

    Cover the bottom of a heat-proof glass dish with a crumpled piece of aluminum foil. Make sure the foil is placed with the shiny side up.

  2. Do not use this method on silver jewelry with porous stones, shells, or pearls, or flatware with hollow handles. Polish by hand instead, using a paste of baking soda and water.

  3. Step 2

    Add silver

    Lay the silver pieces flat in the dish.

  4. Clean pieces with crevices and designs with a toothbrush and toothpaste before placing in the dish.

  5. Step 3

    Add baking soda

    Sprinkle 1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda evenly over the silver.

  6. Step 4

    Add boiling water

    Cover the silver with boiling water. Stir with the spoon, to distribute the baking soda.

  7. Step 5

    Remove and rinse

    As soon as you see that the tarnish has disappeared, remove the silver and rinse.

  8. Step 6

    Dry and polish

    Dry the silver with a paper towel, and polish it with a soft cloth. Store in airtight containers to slow tarnish buildup and keep silver gleaming.

  9. Sterling silver is not pure silver - it is an alloy of silver and copper.