Things You'll Need
Soft cleaning cloths
Mild dishwashing detergent
1 cup distilled water
Store unused, clean silver in plastic freezer bags to protect them from tarnish.
Clean your silver regularly, even if its not being used, to keep it in tip-top shape and prevent tarnish from developing.
Never use abrasive cleansers or scrubbers to remove tarnish. They will scratch the surface of your silver.
Silver decor, such as candlestick holders and picture frames, add shine and classic appeal to your home. Discoloration and tarnish develop as silver is exposed to natural oils from the skin -- and even air itself. When left unattended, these things can build up on your silver and create a larger job for you to tackle. Rather than spending money on commercial silver cleaners, you can effectively clean your silver using household items and supplies found readily in the home.
Dust the surface of your silver with a feather duster. Removing surface dirt and debris allows you to focus on stains and tarnish.
Sprinkle some baking soda over a damp wash cloth. Scrub the stained and tarnished silver. Baking soda is a very mild abrasive that helps remove tarnish and stains without scratching your silver.
If the tarnish remains, soak it in a cup of distilled water with a few drops of mild dish detergent. Remove your silver from the dish detergent. Rinse the silver by wiping it with a damp cloth.
If the item is too big to soak, soak a clean cloth in the solution. Lay it over the tarnish for 10 minutes before scrubbing off the grime.
Pour white vinegar onto another clean cloth; and rub the vinegar into your silver. Buff the surface with a dry cloth to work the vinegar into the silver until it shines.
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.