How to Clean Silver-Plated Cups

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild dish soap

  • Baking soda

  • Sponge

  • Aluminum foil

Clean silver-plated cups with nonabrasive products.

Silver-plated cups are made of metal coated with a thin layer of real silver. These items require extra care while cleaning to prevent chipping the silver. Handle the cups gently and never use any harsh abrasives. Clean silver-plated items with a mild soap and remove tarnish with a baking soda solution.


Step 1

Fill your sink with warm water and a little dish soap. Wash the cups with a sponge to remove any residue.

Step 2

Rinse and dry the cups. Drain the sink of soapy water.

Step 3

Cover the sink bottom with a sheet of aluminum foil. Refill with warm water and add 1/4 cup baking soda. Make enough solution to submerge the cups.

Step 4

Submerge the silver plated cups under the water, making sure they touch the aluminum foil. The tarnish should disappear after a few seconds.

Step 5

Rinse the cups again and dry thoroughly.



Melissa Rae

Melissa Rae has been a writer since 2008, specializing in home-and-garden, business, technology and education topics. Rae holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Herzing University.