How to clean silverware? Silverware, like other materials, must be cleaned and well maintained to retain its luster and shine.
Blackened, oxidized or pitted silverware, I offer you my best products and tips for cleaning silverware. Happy cleaning!
1. Clean silverware with white vinegar
A first trick or rather a first ingredient (liquid) which allows you to clean silverware is white vinegar.
White vinegar is indeed effective in restoring shine to your jewelry and silverware, but also to chrome, naturally.
Here are 2 methods for cleaning silverware with white vinegar:
Clean silverware with hot vinegar:
- Heat a little white vinegar in the microwave.
- Soak a cloth in hot vinegar and rub the silverware (remember to wear gloves so you don’t burn yourself with the hot vinegar).
- Pour an equal amount of white vinegar and water into a basin.
- Soak the silverware in the solution and leave to act for 1 hour.
- Rinse and dry the jewelry with a soft cloth to complete the cleaning.
2. Clean silverware with aluminum foil
If you’re looking for a time-tested old trick, then aluminum foil is ideal for cleaning tarnished and oxidized silverware.
Here’s how to do this trick:
- Place aluminum foil in the bottom of a bowl (line the entire bottom of the bowl well).
- Place jewelry and silverware to be washed on foil lined bottom.
- Heat water and pour the hot water into the basin to cover all the objects.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the basin.
- Mix gently and leave to act for a few seconds (10-15 seconds no more).
- Remove the silverware from the solution with tongs and allow to cool.
- Rinse with water and dry with a microfiber cloth to complete the trick.
For heavily oxidized silver objects a strong odor will be released during the process as the oxidation will be sent to the aluminum.
3. Clean silver jewelry with baking soda
Baking soda is a natural product that can be used to clean many things around the house and in the garden. So why not use it on tarnished silver?
So here are 2 methods to use sodium bicarbonate:
For fragile and delicate silverware:
- Fill a basin with lukewarm water and add a tablespoon of baking soda.
- Soak the silverware and leave for a few minutes up to 1 hour.
- Remove from solution, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.
For the very dirty money:
- Mix a little water with baking soda to form a paste.
- Apply the paste to heavily soiled silver jewelry and rub gently with a cloth.
- Repeat as needed, rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth to buff the silver.
For other cleaning tips related to jewelry, I recommend reading this guide: Clean silver jewelry.
4. Cleaning silverware with toothpaste
White paste toothpaste is very useful for cleaning various surfaces and metals at home, including blackened and tarnished silverware!
Here are the 4 steps to shine:
- Apply toothpaste to silverware (white paste toothpaste only).
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and rub the silverware insisting on the stains.
- Rinse and rub with a clean cloth and water to thoroughly remove the toothpaste.
- Dry the silverware with a very soft cloth to buff and shine the surface.
5. Salt water and aluminum foil
A bit like the aluminum-lined basin trick proposed earlier in this article, here is another trick that also uses aluminum but this time with salt.
- Fill a large saucepan with water and add 3 tablespoons of coarse salt.
- Wrap silverware and your silver coins in aluminum foil.
- Place the wrapped silverware in the pan and heat on the ring.
- As soon as the water boils, remove the silver objects and let cool
- Rinse the silverware with water and dry with a soft cloth to finish.
6. Shine silverware with lemon juice
If you like to try grandma’s tricks then lemon juice can indeed help you clean and restore the shine to your silverware.
Simple and quick as a trick, here is how to use lemon:
- Cut a lemon in 2 and rub the entire silver surface.
- Rub with a soft cloth to polish the silver object.
If the silverware is very oxidized then here is what to do:
- Fill a basin or the kitchen sink with water and add 2 to 4 tablespoons of lemon juice.
- Soak the silver object for 4 hours or better overnight.
- Remove, rinse and dry the silver with a microfiber cloth to complete the cleaning.
You can also use lemon for cleaning aluminum. For more tips follow this link: How to clean blackened aluminum?
7. Revive silverware with cornstarch
Much like the baking soda paste trick, cornstarch is another natural product that can be used on tarnished or blackened silverware.
Here’s how to use cornstarch for this trick:
- Make a paste by mixing water with cornstarch.
- Apply the paste directly to the silverware and let sit and dry.
- Use a cloth or better a toothbrush and rub the entire surface.
- Rinse, dry and polish the silverware to finish.
8. A cleaner to make silver shine
If you’d rather buy a real cleanser made just for the money then I have one for you!
Starwax Silver Special is one of the most popular products for cleaning and restoring the shine of your silver coins and objects.
This cleaning product helps to remove traces of oxidation on various silver objects such as:
- Serving plate
- and other decorative items
Now that you know how to make silverware shine, come discover how to make a glass of wine shine. Quickly follow this link: How to wash a wine glass?