Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shiny Silver!!

I have a collection of silver on my dining room. Most of it came from my home in Spain.

I remember when I was little my grandma and her sister used to get together at my house and spend hours and hours polishing my mom's silver. How lucky my mom was, right?

Well unfortunately I do not have any silver polishers around or the time to do it. So I let it go for a very long time. It all gets black, and drives my mom crazy. Every time I show pictures on my blog of the black silver I get scolded! I actually kind of like it better with some patina!

I am so excited I found an amazing trick on Face Book to polish silver. So I tried and guess what, it worked!!! ALLELUIA!!! It was easy piece too!!

This is what you need:

  • A tub, or your kitchen sink ( a place to dip your silver into)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Salt
  • Baking powder
  • Very hot water

Line your tub or sink with the aluminum foil, add 2 TBS of salt and 2 TBS of baking powder. Put the piece you want to polish inside and pour very hot water. I poured it from my tea kettle.
Let it soak into it for about 5 minutes and voila!! Some pieces took a bit longer, but it works pretty quick!!

This is how it looked.

I started with the silverware, look at the before and after of the knives. 



Look at this spoon. The tip was out of the solution, see the difference? 

The pitchers didn't fit all the way, I guess I could just add more water, but I just turned them around after a few minutes. 

Look at the difference. 

I am so happy I found this recipe!! 

Now everything is shiny and sparkly!
Are you happy mom?? :)

Thanks for visiting!! 


  1. I keep my usable silver stashed away in plastic bags until I'm ready to use it. The things I leave on display I'm not unhappy with the tarnish. It goes with my overall greyed-down color scheme. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  2. Thanks Jo! keeping the usables in a bag is a great idea! I don't mind the tarnish either! The good thing is that it will be tarnish again before I know it!!

  3. Thanks for the tip. I have some silver pieces my MIL handed down to me that could use a good polishing.

  4. Great tip and I love your silver!

  5. I've heard of that "recipe" for cleaning silver but have never tried it. It really did a great job! I'm sure that took less time than having to scrub each piece. You have a nice collection of silver.

  6. You might try just rubbing your silver with baking soda and a damp cloth. It really works! And, so simple.