Cleaning Silver Without Harsh Chemicals

Are you looking for tips for cleaning silver without using toxic chemicals?

Since I use my silverware only a few times a year, the pieces just sit in a drawer most of the year.  Usually, I like to polish them right before I use them.

Though, I have heard that if you use your silver regularly, it doesn’t need to be polished as often.  Maybe I will try to remember that for next year.

Silver forks on placemat

Anyway, before I set up my Country Thanksgiving Table Setting last week, I cleaned up the silver so it was camera ready.

This is how I clean my silver before each use:

Silver Cleaning Supplies Needed:

  • Aluminum Roasting Pan (or a foil lined dish or pan)
  • Baking Soda (I’ve read that you should use 1 Tablespoon baking soda per cup of water but I usually use more.)
  • Water

*The amount of water you use depends on the size of the aluminum pan (or foiled lined dish) you are using.  You will want to use enough water to cover all the silver in the pan.

boiling water to clean silver

Boil the large pot of water and dissolve the baking soda in it. 

silverware in roasting pan - cleaning silver

Place your silverware in the aluminum roasting pan (spread out so the silver is touching the aluminum).

cleaning silver the natural way

Pour the boiling water/baking soda into the tray covering all the silver. 

Leave on for several minutes. 

polished silverware

Rinse and dry.

shiny silver spoon

Done…and here is a silver spoon against a black background.

polished silver knife

And a knife against a white background.

It really does take off the tarnish.  Now, like I said, my silver wasn’t that bad to begin with because I do use it a few times a year.

(In fact, I realized I never took a “before” close up – oops!)

Luckily, I didn’t have to use any harsh silver polishes and it was very easy!

One of these days, I would like to do a side by side comparison using regular polish vs. the baking soda method.  But that won’t happen this week!

Now, I’m off to do more Thanksgiving preparing.  (I have a bunch of ugly mismatched chairs  to pull up from the basement…)

Have you tried this natural way for cleaning silver?

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9 Comments

  1. Karena
    November 21, 2011 / 4:34 pm

    Hi Shelley I will definitely try this method. One of my dreaded chores, polishing silver!Thank you so very much for your get well wishes. The hip replacement therapy and rehab is going well; getting better every day!Love and Hugs,KarenaArt by Karena

  2. Heather
    November 21, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    Hi Shelley! I wonder how this method would work with silver trays and other big pieces? I use that horrible smelling Tarn-x, and I'm sure it's got to be bad!I will be going to my mom's for Thanksgiving. Hope your Thanksgiving is a happy! Don't work too hard! 🙂

  3. pam {simple details}
    November 21, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    Wow, that's some sparkling silver! I'll be bringing up mym off the basement tas well nee mismatched chairs, as well. Thanks for the timely tip!

  4. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    November 21, 2011 / 8:21 pm

    Thanks for the tip. Now I just need an aluminum pan.

  5. Shelia
    November 22, 2011 / 3:14 am

    Hi Shelley! I've heard of this and it's so great to see it really works! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.Be a sweetie,Shelia 😉

  6. [email protected] Home Scenes
    November 23, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Hi Shelley, just wanted to come by to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! I've never used your method of cleaning silver but I've heard that it works and your silver looks beautiful. ——–Shannon

  7. Carmie of the Single Nester
    November 23, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    I have done this with jewelry too. Great solution.

  8. Chalet Living
    November 4, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    Thanks for the directions. I can't believe that it is that easy! I need to remember these directions!

  9. Ron
    November 26, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    this is a great tip. I despise the smell of TarnX. Now, I have to get an aluminum pan for sure. xo

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