How to Remove Tarnish from Silver

Katherine, 06 March 2009,
Categories: Household Tips
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I recently purchased a beautiful sterling silver necklace as a gift for my friend.  It was slightly tarnished, but could be easily cleaned with the Tarn-X I knew I had at home. 

The night before she was arriving in town, I looked for the silver polish – only to find we were out!  I had to wrap the present that night, since my friend was expected early the next day. 

After a bit of research, I decided to try the baking soda and water method for removing tarnish from silver.  I simply placed a tablespoon of baking soda in a cup of water and stirred.  Then I dipped a cloth in the water and gently rubbed the necklace. 

When I saw the tarnish was vanishing, I dipped the entire silver necklace into the cup, and then wiped it dry.  As a precaution I then rinsed the necklace with clean water and dried once more – to be sure the baking soda would not damage the necklace. 

The results?  A shiny sterling silver necklace!  Baking soda and water indeed will quickly remove tarnish from sterling silver, and even better, this method is chemical free.