DIY: How to Polish Silver with Baking Soda

DIY: How to Polish Silver with Baking Soda

Motherhood, in some sense, is all about letting go, isn’t it?

It’s about letting go of the things you thought were important. Things like polished silver, organized tupperware (organized anything), folded laundry, a waist …

In favor of things that are more meaningful … things like love. Love in all its deepest, most surprising, fleeting forms.

And in favor of the joy you get from the sweet smell of a baby and the grip of a toddler’s hand. In favor of the peace you feel when a child falls asleep in your arms. In favor of the sense of renewal and wonder you receive by witnessing the curiosity of a child. It is these things that make motherhood so worth it.

All that said, in the off chance that you do want to polish your silver (maybe for Easter lunch?) … I just have to share this DIY method with you. And I promise: It’s so quick and easy, even mothers can do it!

Here’s what you need:

  • Disposable aluminum lasagna pan
  • Tarnished silver
  • Baking soda
  • Boiling water

Here’s how you do it:

Place the aluminum pan in your sink.  Place the tarnished silver inside the pan. Sprinkle baking soda all over the silver. Pour boiling water all over the baking soda/silver. Let soak 3-5 minutes (it should fizz a little). Then, carefully drain hot water from pan. Carefully rinse silver (it will be hot) with cool water, and wipe dry. Ta-da! Polished silver! (Although, you may need to repeat the process if the silver is very, very tarnished or if there are a lot of little crevices with tarnish inside.)

Here are some pics of the process:

Tarnished Silver

Tarnished Silver Covered with Baking Soda

Polished Silver!

The results are even more dramatic on this beautiful silver pitcher.

Tarnished Silver Pitcher

Half Polished / Half Tarnished

Have you heard of this method? Isn’t it fascinating?! For the science behind it, click here. And do let me know if you get a chance to try it!


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4 Responses to DIY: How to Polish Silver with Baking Soda

  1. M-E February 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    This is a fabulous blog today. Sharing all the “Luv” with my fav’s! Thank you for all you are…

    • Marie Saba
      Marie Saba February 26, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks ME! I cannot get over your thoughtfulness! All the gifts, cards, and comments … you are truly an inspiration!

  2. Matthew March 5, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    If I ever get some silver, I’m on it! :)

  3. Lynn June 12, 2015 at 6:14 am #

    I do clean my silverware the same way. Only when it’s very, very tarnished I add salt and vinegar to the to the mixture of soda and water. It’s really easy and fast way to clean silver. Greets!

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