Homemade Silver Plate Cleaner

Silver-plated items are elegant and costly, making it important to properly care for them. Whether you use silver plate dishes and silverware as your fine china or you have the items on display in your china cabinet, residue and other elements can cause them to diminish in appearance over time. The key is to find a safe cleaning agent that will remove residue and tarnish without damaging the silver plating.

You can clean your silver-plated items in the kitchen sink.
  1. Fill your kitchen sink with 1 gallon of hot water, 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of salt.

  2. Cut a 1-foot-long piece of aluminum foil into small 4-inch by 4-inch square sections and place them in the sink.

  3. Gently place your silver-plated items in the sink and let them sit for five minutes. A natural chemical reaction will cause the tarnish to disappear from the silver and reappear on the foil.

  4. Remove the items from the sink and rinse them with warm water.

  5. Dry the items with a clean, dry cloth.

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