How Do You Remove Tarnish From Silver?

To remove tarnish from silver, fill a container with a mixture of steaming water, salt and baking soda, place the silver items in the container and let them sit for up to five minutes. Remove the items, rinse them and dry them carefully.

  1. Prepare a container

    Find a glass baking dish that fits the silver item. If you don't have a dish available, a sink works as well. Line the dish or sink with a layer of aluminum foil.

  2. Fill the container with hot water

    Place a pot of water on the stove, and heat it until it is steaming. Wearing oven mitts, carefully and slowly fill the container with the hot water.

  3. Add salt and baking soda

    Add equal amounts of salt and baking soda to the water. How much to add depends on the size of the silver item, but two tablespoons of each is usually enough.

  4. Place the items in the container

    Submerge the silver items in the water, salt and baking soda solution. The tarnish should begin to fade. Leave the items in the water until they are clean, but avoid leaving them for more than five minutes.

  5. Rinse and dry

    Carefully rinse the objects under the faucet, and then use a clean, soft towel to gently dry them. Avoid buffing too hard, as it is possible to wear away a thin layer of silver.

Another method for removing tarnish is to apply toothpaste to the tarnish with a cloth. If the tarnish does not come off with one method, combine the two.