Silver jewelry is popular with adults and children alike, however there is continuous polishing upkeep on this metal. Silver tarnishes quickly due to sulfide which oxidizes the metal, making it look grayish over time. By simply using baking soda, tarnished silver jewelry can be cleaned quickly and with little effort. The aluminum you’ll use in the cleaning process instantly reacts with the silver sulfide to rid the tarnish. The silver is then redeposited onto your jewelry, allowing for your jewelry to look new and polished in very little time.

Things You'll Need

Line a heat-resistant baking dish with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

Place silver jewelry on top of the foil making sure each piece is separate and touches the foil completely. Overlapping pieces will inhibit the solution from properly working through the silver.

Sprinkle baking soda liberally on top of jewelry so that each piece is covered. This layer doesn’t have to be thick, but make sure each piece is covered generously.

Wait 10 minutes. Fill the dish with hot water. Take each piece out separately, rinse with warm water from the faucet and lay on a clean towel to dry.

Buff each piece with a clean cloth.

Examine the jewelry. Since your jewelry has excessive tarnish, many of the larger pieces will need a second cleaning. Repeat steps 1 through 5, making sure to use a new foil lining. Depending on the level of tarnish, this may take several tries to make the silver completely shiny again.


  • Apply a silver polish after using this method, if desired.

References and Resources

LuShae Jewelry: How to Clean Jewelry