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How To Clean Silver With Aluminum Foil & Baking Soda

updated Sep 7, 2022
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Looking for an all-natural solution to keep silver flatware tarnish-free? This simple recipe which includes just a few ingredients may be the holy grail of all-natural silver polish. Like a magic cleaning wand for the laziest chore keepers, this concoction makes tarnish disappear quickly, right before your eyes.

How to Clean Silver Naturally

Baking soda is key to this simple and quick method for cleaning silverware. When combined with the other ingredients, water activates the baking soda and starts the process of removing any tarnish from flatware.

What You’ll Need:

  • Aluminum or glass baking pan
  • Aluminum foil (if using a glass baking pan)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Tong (to remove silverware from boiling water)
  • Rag for polishing


1. Bring water to a boil. If using a glass baking pan, be sure to cover with a layer of aluminum foil so you’ll have a place to catch any tarnish that’s removed from your silverware.

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2. While water comes to a boil, combine dry ingredients in your pan. Next, slowly pour in the vinegar — you will cause a slight reaction, so pour carefully! It is possible to clean your silver without adding vinegar, but the vinegar will dramatically speed up the process.

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3. Pour in boiling water and then place silver into the pan, making sure each piece is touching the foil. Try not to let any of the pieces overlap. This should only take about 30 seconds, but if you have heavily tarnished pieces, you may need to let them soak a few minutes longer.

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4. Use tongs to remove the silverware and work off any remaining spots by buffing it with a rag. Then, look deep into your shiny silver and admire the smartypants that brought it back to its original glory!