Polish silver by washing the tarnished items with gentle detergent, then soaking them in a solution of salt and baking soda. Finish off by using a commercial silver polish, if needed.Continue Reading
Wash your tarnished silver items using mild dish detergent and warm water. Dry them with a soft cloth. If your items are only lightly tarnished, this step may be all you need.
Line an aluminum pan or glass baking dish with aluminum foil, and fill the pan with very hot water. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt, and stir. Place the silver items into the solution, making sure that they are touching each other and the aluminum foil. The tarnish should visibly disappear over a period of about five minutes. Don't leave the items in the solution much longer, as pitting can occur.
Dry the silver items with a soft, lint-free cloth.
If your items are still showing signs of tarnish, attack the spots with a high-end commercial silver polish. Wear gloves when you apply the polish, follow the instructions on the package, and remove the residue with a soft cloth.