Easy Way to Clean Silver Serving Pieces

Silver serving pieces are beautiful additions to any table setting.

Cleaning tarnish from silver is easy.
Many serving utensils are passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms. Although silver serving utensils are fairly durable, they do tarnish when exposed to air. Tarnish is a dark, smudge-like appearance on the surface of the silver that can be difficult to remove. Traditional removal methods include silver polish and a lot of work. There is a much easier method of cleaning silver that takes less time and effort. .

Place a shallow plastic tub on a flat work surface. You can use another type of container if desired, as long as the container is not made of metal.

Tear off a piece of aluminum foil that is as big as the bottom of the plastic tub.

Lay the aluminum foil in the bottom of the plastic tub with the shiny side of the foil facing upward.

Place 2 teaspoons of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking soda onto the foil.

Pour hot water into the tub until it is deep enough to cover the serving pieces that you are cleaning.

Insert the serving pieces into the tub and arrange them in a single layer on top of the aluminum foil.

Allow the serving pieces to sit in the tub for one to two minutes.

Remove each piece and rinse immediately with clean water to remove all traces of salt and baking soda.

Dry each serving piece thoroughly with a cloth to remove all traces of moisture.

Things You Will Need

  • Flat work surface
  • Plastic tub
  • Aluminum foil
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Hot water
  • Cloth

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.