How To Clean Silver With Baking Soda & Aluminum Foil

(Welcome to Sarah, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. This is her second post.)

I've been trying out some green cleaning tips to get rid of those icky "lock them under the sink" chemicals and I found a new favorite. This tip for cleaning your silverware is quick, easy, uses things from around the kitchen, and it works! Yay!

What You Need

1 piece of aluminium foil
1 litre of water
1 tablespoon of baking soda
A saucepan big enough to hold your silverware
Tongs to pick hot silverware out of boiling water


1. Put the water, baking soda and aluminium foil into a saucepan.

2. Bring to the boil.

3. Place your silverware into the saucepan, only a couple of pieces at a time. This should only take about 10 seconds but if they are really tarnished they may need a bit longer.

4. Use your tongs to fish out your silverware and marvel at how shiny it is!

Thanks, Sarah!

See Sarah's 1st tryout post here.