DIY Homemade Silver Polish

A good silver polish is hard to find. And by good, I mean one that’s not full of harmful chemicals, strong odors and that actually works. Luckily, making your own out of just a few ingredients you already have on hand is incredibly easy!

Yes, incredibly. Water, baking soda and salt are all it takes. No chemicals, no irritating odors, no yellow rubber gloves and sparkling silverware.

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Be warned: this method will remove the “good tarnish” that remains in crevices and may result in pitting. Depending on the ornamentation and design of your silver, you may want to avoid polishing certain areas to keep that detail in tact. Not for use on other metals or silver plated items, sterling silver may also be too soft to be cleaned with baking soda and salt, as it does cause pitting. For a light tarnish, try washing with warm water and mild soap and dry thoroughly.

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DIY Homemade Silver Polish

What You’ll Need

  • Tin foil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp salt


  1. Line tin foil on a baking sheet for small items like silver jewelry, or a bowl or bucket for larger pieces like dishes or cups. (Multiply the recipe as needed.)
  2. Fill with boiling water and dissolve the baking soda and salt as well as you can.
  3. Submerge the silver pieces; this may require multiple dips. (I swished mine around because there wasn’t enough to fully cover the cup)
  4. If light tarnish remains, use a microfiber cloth (I used a baby burp cloth) and mild warm soapy water to wash the rest off.
  5. Polish dry.

You can see in the first photo that it removed most of the darker tarnish in the engraved sections. Some people like that to remain in order to show the detail of the design. But you can definitely see how well it cleans!

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