Trust or Bust? getting tarnish off of silver

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I saw this video about a simple way to get tarnish off of silver. The video proposed that you could boil tin-foil and large amounts of baking soda to create a solution that would take the tarnish off for you. So I decided to try it for myself. a while back my grandfather set some beautiful silver on the side of the road to get rid of it. It was badly tarnished and had probably been sitting in his attack for who knows how long. So I took the tarnished silver and decided I would clean it and use it in my home.


This is the silver piece before I cleaned it
This is the silver piece before I cleaned it


I set out to try this “easy” method of cleaning the tarnish. I got the largest pot I could use and filled it with water, a ball of tin foil and about 1.5 cups of baking soda. I was worried about not using enough baking soda for the amount of water in the pot so I was sure to put the silver in the most concentrated area. I boiled the water at a low boil and put the silver into the pot for close to two minutes. The video said it would only take 1 minute but I lost track of time. I took it out and it looked pretty much the same. I began to rub the silver with a paper towel and noticed some improvement. I also scrubbed the part that had not been in the water and noticed some improvement on that part too, meaning that the solution did not help as much as I had thought.

This was the result after two minutes in the water
This was the result after two minutes in the water

I decided to keep the silver in there longer to see if I could get better results. I let it boil at a warmer temperature for another 20 minutes the results were fantastic! It fixed a strong majority of the tarnish! It is not a perfect fix but it could help! There were still a few spots that the water did not get off but was definitely worth trying it! All I had to do was rub it with a paper towel!!!


This may not fix all of your problems but I definitely trust this to help your tarnish problems! This is simple, easy and cheap! There is no reason not to try this! I was blown away! Like I said it is not perfect and does not fix everything but is a good help! Be careful not to burn it. I found a small burn mark on the piece, but I did leave it unattended for at least an hour (the oven was off but I was letting it soak in the hot water to see if it was more effective than a 20 minute soak, it proved to be just as effective).

Quick Summary
It works!!!

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  •  Lightly Boil the following ingredients in a pot large enough to hold your silver piece:

    • Ball of Tin-foil
    • around 2 cups of Baking soda
    • Enough water to cover the silver (its not exact feel free to use more or less)
  • Then let the piece soak for around 20 minutes
  • carefully remove the piece and wipe it off with a paper towel
  • Celebrate your almost clean piece, it’s perfect!!!




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