Baking soda is your friend!

This is one of my favorite little tricks so I figured I’d start with this. This is guaranteed by some silver aficionados as a tried and true method for cleaning your slightly tarnished silver jewelry. It is especially good for silver chains which are difficult to polish all the way through each link. It is non-abrasive so it’s safe for the silver, no harsh chemicals drying your hands out and it is very quick! Some more severely tarnished jewelry may need extra polishing in addition to this method.

You will need:

  • tarnished silver jewelry
  • 1 TBS baking soda
  • 1 TBS salt
  • really hot water (not boiling)
  • an aluminum pie tin OR a bowl and some aluminum foil
  • a clean cloth (I always recommend flour sack towels)

Tarnished and sad

Isn’t that little silverware weird and cute?!

Now measure out and put your salt and baking soda in the tin (or bowl).

Now pour enough hot water in the tin to dissolve the salt and soda and cover your jewelry when you put it in. It will be a little stinky. (If your hot water heater is set pretty high, the water from your tap will work, otherwise, you can put the kettle on and keep an eye on it and remove it before it boils.)

Put your jewelry in and “swoosh” it around. You can already see it working!

ooh la la

Stirring it around with your tablespoon helps too. After a few minutes it should look nice and shiny again. Remove each piece from the mixture and rinse under tap water and then dry with your cloth. The drying or “buffing” tends to remove last bits of tarnish so be sure you don’t mind a little on your cloth.




January 10, 2010. Tags: , , . Cleaning tips.


  1. Brienne replied:

    Great tip, but don’t do it with pewter. Yes, I did it once, and the results were not pretty….

  2. Islay replied:

    Wow! That’s amazing! Also, what a beautiful little bird foot.. so sparkly and clean!

    • modernmaam replied:

      Ahh yes. This is especially good for Mr. Bird foot since he is so detailed. 🙂

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