Cleaning silver – this one’s a beauty

Miss Thrifty10 August 3, 2008

Silver tarnishes on contact with air, but shop-bought silver cleaner is pricey, smelly – and such a pain to use. Sitting around, dabbing at silver with gunked-up dusters, really isn’t the best use of anyone’s time. Also, that stuff makes your fingers really sore.

I used to clean my silver jewellery and photo frames with meths. It does the same job as the cream cleaners, and you use it in the same way: rub it on and off with cloths.

Then I found an even better solution: aluminium foil! I found it here, and it works really well. You fill a bowl with hot water, add a generous pinch of salt and a slice of foil, then submerge your silver item. Ten minutes later, your silver will be as shiny as new.

Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof:

Here’s a silver bangle of mine. As you can tell, I haven’t worn it for a while – and it’s looking pretty grotty.

I put it in a bowl of hot salty water, on top of a small piece of aluminium foil.

Ten minutes later: voila!

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10 Responses to “Cleaning silver – this one’s a beauty

kate says:

Thankyou for this tip, Now, time to get out all my silver and try this one !!.

May 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Mary Peters says:

Thanks for this one – it even got a bracelet clean that I had thought beyond redemption! I went one thriftier and used a (clean) piece of foil I’d already used once for something else. I don’t think I’d use the same piece of foil for cleaning two sequential lots of silver cleaning though – or perhaps it would still be effective, judging by the comment on

June 17, 2009 at 9:30 am

JOJO says:

This is amazing – i just done all my old teaspoons…………Brilliant!!!!!!!!

April 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Lisa says:

This is a great tip. I have been using this for quite some time now.

October 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

monica says:

It is very easy..thank I can clean all my silver jewelers

November 25, 2011 at 10:59 am

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