How to: Clean Silver with Ketchup

We know there’s 12 uses for vodka—one of which is cleaning diamond jewelry—but we need to clean silver candlesticks.

Since we don’t own any chemical-y polish, we did a little online research for home solutions. Turns out some people recommend…ketchup?

Supposedly, the acid in the tomatoes reacts with the oxidizing of the tarnished silver. We have some candlesticks that need to be cleaned up, but we decided to tried it on a mismatched earring first.
Here's before:

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Here's after:

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So, it worked, mostly. There's a definite difference in the sheen level, but we wouldn't say it looked brand-sparkling new. Plus, our kitchen smells like tomato. We’re still a little skeptical to try it on our candlesticks, but we’re going to go ahead and use it to clean up other small pieces of jewelry that aren't too precious.

Here’s How:


  1. Gather tarnished silver.

  2. Put ketchup in a small bowl.

  3. If your ring, bracelet, or earring has a smooth surface, place it in the bowl for 5-10 minutes.

  4. If it has a detailed surface, use a soft cloth (like an old t-shirt to be extra green!) to work ketchup into the crevices.

  5. Rinse jewelry with warm water, then pat dry.

Any other suggestions?

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