Silver is a beautiful and versatile metal used to create things like lovely serving pieces or treasured jewelry items. However, all silver becomes tarnished over time thanks to exposure to light and air. You may be dismayed to see your lovely silverware or favorite platter covered with dingy tarnish. Luckily, there are several simple ways to restore your pieces to their shiny glory. Though you can purchase polish or other commercially-available cleaning solutions, there are even some methods that can be done simply at home with items most people have around the house.


1. Aluminum Foil Method

You can use aluminum, another metal, to quickly and easily remove tarnish from silver pieces. However, this method should only be used on pieces that can be boiled, like sturdy silverware. Simply bring one liter of water, one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of salt, and one piece of aluminum foil to a boil. Using tongs, and protecting your hands with oven mitts, drop your silver item in the pot and wait around ten seconds. It helps if the item is actually touching the aluminum foil. The tarnish should vanish from your silver.

Aluminum reacts chemically to remove tarnish. plastic_buddha / Getty Images

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