How To Clean and Polish Silver

Whether company’s coming or you find yourself with a few spare minutes, it’s time to start thinking about polishing the silver.

It never hurts to have an arsenal of tried-and-true polish products handy, but if your chest of flatware or julep cups are looking less than occasion-ready, this quick kitchen remedy made of simple ingredients can save you a lot of time and a big mess.

How To Clean Tarnished Silverware: Watch the Video

How It Works

This simple setup isn’t too far from an elementary-school science project. Clear space on your table or counter for a glass baking dish lined with aluminum foil (shiny-side up) or an aluminum baking dish.

Combine the baking soda and salt. Then add vinegar and boiling water. The simple but fun-to-watch chemical reaction should begin to remove the tarnish immediately. Heavily tarnished pieces may need to soak a little longer.

Utensils should come out quite fine with a good buffing with a dry cloth.