Kitchen Quick Tip #5 - Cleaning Silver With Baking Soda

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Jane Lee: Oh wow, it's cleaning like magic! OK, I think I can use my silverware and necklace that I have ignored for so long because of tarnishing. Thank you.

Jeffrey Herman: STOP! I'm a silversmith specializing in restoration, conservation, and preservation and conservator at This process, known as electrochemical (galvanic) reduction, uses aluminum foil or an aluminum/ aluminum alloy plate and a warm solution of sodium carbonate (washing soda). When the object comes into contact with the plate in the solution, it removes only light tarnish, not the thick, black tarnish produced by years of neglect. Pitting of the object can occur if the aluminum plate is not periodically cleaned. Another not-so-obvious problem is scratching of the object when in contact with the plate. Objects cleaned by this method may tarnish more quickly than silver that has been polished, for the object's surface will act like a sponge and more readily absorb tarnish-producing gases and moisture. The solution can also seep into hollow areas such as coffeepot handles, unsoldered spun beads around the tops of lightweight holloware, weighted pieces with minute holes, and any porous attachments. For these reasons, this cleaning technique is not recommended. Read more on the PROPER care of silver at

Luke Thomas: I just bought a huge set of tarnished silver plated flatware at a thrift store. I can't wait to try this out, thank you. I liked your glee at how it worked, too!

Vanessa Odom Machen: Does this process damage the silverplate?

Eric Kennedy: No Way bad advice! Wow you guys are crazy! Not my Silver! It is not good for your Silverware it creates a film on silver and makes it very difficult later google silver cleaning.

nld1960: what if you cannot dunk it under water, like a silver dish around wood

202dinthemke: 'gleaming silver, in seconds, look at that' 240p but after, assume the silver was not just tarnished but also filthy...the residue of baking soda is way too thick to completely wipe off. so in that case wash soap/water and then repeat chemical dunk? and what kinda cloth you using cause i tried a couple and they seemed to microfiber for safest result?

jager bon: i have a silver tray, i was wondering do i need foil or can i just put hot water and baking soda in and on the tray?

Eric Kennedy: Sorry Looking at what you're cleaning I take that back but anyone with Georgian 18 Century Silver do not do this!

Shana Shanina: Thank you so much for this video. I just purchased a beautiful silver tea pot and I can't wait to clean it. I had no idea how to clean this treasure before. Thanks again. :)

ztwntyn8: I've had this ugly silverware that I have identified as valuable but it was so nasty looking I didn't know what to do and was sure I could ruin it somehow id I didn't polish with the right compound etc. I just happened to stumble across this and tried it on a few of the bigger utensils and it worked excellent. I was about to melt it down and now I'd eat off of them. Off to do the rest of the set! Thank you!!!

Brianna Learmonth: Thank you so much for this. It so was quick and easy and worked so well I couldn't believe it! :) Very happy with the result of 25 year old silver cutlery cleaning up to look like new. 

Melissa T: This made our silver look better but it didn't remove the tarnish completely. Tried it twice and still there is some tarnish. We took them to a silversmith to fix up a few dented spoons, perhaps they used a cleaner on them that was bad?

J Dolani: Neat!

katzcradul: LOL...Didn't have a silver spoon in my cradle! We were not wealth by any mean. Even my silver now, is only silver plate!

reeree4458: A perfect way to clean up some of my grandmother's treasures that I have now - thanks for the tip!

1966yjd: @gingergargoyle Sorry to hear your husband had problems when using baking soda. I have used it for years, in many applications, both cleaning the house and for personal care, for use on hair, for cleaning teeth, and for acid stomach/heartburn. I also use it when cooking certain vegetables. All these things have been passed down the generations and, whereas I do not use massive amounts I have never had any problems using it in the applications I do. Thanks for the reply :)

TheEndeavoringFamily: Neat!

alicutz79: no silver clean whit this method.......try for nothig,waste my time.........for those hwo want to clean silver try

katzcradul: @KamilZCz Hey, good to hear from you. How are things on the other side of the world?

katzcradul: Then you didn't do it right. Based on your comment, I'm guessing English is not your first language. Perhaps you couldn't understand what I said in the video.

Chloe Stevens: thank you....have a great weekend! much love & many blessings to u & urs:^)

jillian2u2: How easy is that ! I like all your vids Katz !!. I suppose I could clean my silver jewelry this way, yeah?

GrammyTammi: I've got a silver tube that holds our marriage license that is very tarnished. I can't wait to try this on it!

katzcradul: @vorkev1 Never had a problem with it looking 'whitish' silver has always come out sparklingly beautiful. Thanks for the recommendation though.

katzcradul: Yes, you're right. I just love this pattern.

Gardeninggirl1107: Wow! You don't know how much I appreciate your clever, helpful ideas. I have a ton of silver From my mom I never use because it's so hard to clean. Now I can clean it with ease and dine in style! Thank you so much!

Scootermad man: Great vid and thank you. I seem to remember that an addition of table salt to the baking soda will increase the effect, and in order for either to work, you do need the silver to be in contact with the foil, hence the single layer. As to big tea pots, foil is cheap, even when you line a bucket. Please keep these great videos coming and Enjoy the Day!

scarlett o'hara: I will sure try that method!

dhkrescue: Oh man...this is awesome!!! I think I will try a foil serving tray leftover from Christmas to hold the water. Just a few thoughts... Someone said ajax? Nooo! The other is about baking soda which is often taken for could've caused the man that had an underlying heart problem and the sodium, but I have never heard that it almost killed anyone. Great video!!

katzcradul: Sure, it would work. Yes, I'd line it with foil.

katzcradul: I suppose traditional silver polish would be best.

Carmen Gonzales: going to try it :) woot woot thanks so much :)

bonnie beme: Instead of baking soday, if you use Super washing soda. It works like magic. Must use the foil to make it work. Beautiful patterned silverware.

Take5Geri: How did I miss this great happy I saw it this morning. Thanks so much. Think of all the hours we have spent polishing silver. Especially when there are so many chores to do and this one takes so long doing it the old way.. I'm thrilled!

Gort Newton: What a great vid. All nicely explained. You've made it so easy. I am a CONVERT to your method. Thank you from Sydney, Australia.

gingergargoyle: You can go to Replacements Ltd (they are online now) and find the matching pieces for your silver, believe it or not they are very reasonable too

skybirdbird: love ebay... that is how i got my silver... and love this "trick"... it is the best... tkx for sharing it... :-)

katzcradul: I'm so glad this tip will make your life easier. Share my channel with a friend...perhaps they'll find a useful tip as well.

Arqui Denis: I did that and it didn't work

katzcradul: It would work great. I'd recommend a deeper bowl, lined with foil. You'd have to roll the pieces around to get all the tarnish off.

kllw357: thank you so much.. my silver plated bowls and candle holders were submerged in water from our home flooding in hurricane isaac .... i cant wait to try this... great video.. no more nasty polish.. :))

MsNayners24: Great video! Baking soda is absolutely amazing for so many things, and as you's cheap! Costco sells it in a 5lb bag.

katzcradul: @Pooter1176 Sure does. Thanks for adding this comment.

katzcradul: I've never seen it not work. Did you pile the silver in the pan, or did you lay it out in just one layer. Each piece of silver must be touching the foil. Are you sure what you were cleaning is actually silver? Just trying to figure out why you had a fail.

nagaempress: My grandmother had a metal pad that would go into the sink and then the bakinsoda and water would go over it. So you can find a reusable alumium plate that does this too :)

katzcradul: Yes, as long as they are just silver. I don't think I'd try it if they had any gem stones in them, or anything like that.

donise gaucal: Feb 21,2013 hi,thank you for sharing

weeknightingale: I noticed the pattern too! Great find and great tip. I'm off to do some of my mother's old plated silverware! Thanks!!!!!!!

IrshRnr56: Thank you! Such an easy and cheap way to natural the silver plated flatware. I have a vintage silver plated wine carafe that I'm going to try this on. Maybe it will work to use a deep soup pot, what do you think? Must it be lined with aluminum foil?
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