Homemade Silver Cleaner Recipes

See recipes for homemade silver cleaner to clean the tarnish off your silver for less.

Silver tarnish is made of silver sulfide.

To remove silver sulfide from your silver you can either purchase silver cleaners and polishes from the store, or you can make your own. (If you do decide to buy a polish, check out these silver polish reviews to find which ones work best.)

Cleaning silver with baking soda is one natural way to clean your silver.

Of course, using baking soda as a silver cleaner works best if your silver just needs a touch up.

However, if your silver is really tarnished there is another way to clean it, making your own homemade magnet, which is explained below.

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Don't worry, it is not as complicated as it sounds!

Homemade Silver Cleaner Using Cream Of Tartar And Aluminum Pot

This recipe is best for ornate patterns on your silver that it would be difficult to hand polish.

Ingredients and equipment necessary:

  • Aluminum pot or pan that will hold the silver items you want to clean
  • Cream of tartar
  • Water


Heat water in an aluminum pan, and dissolve cream of tartar in the water.

Hint: Did you know there are lots of ways to use cream of tartar around your home, in cleaning and stain removal? You can read this article about cream of tartar uses here.

Add 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar for each quart of water used.

Once the water is hot dip the tarnished silver into the aluminum pan, making sure the silver item touches the aluminum.

When the tarnished silver touches the aluminum a neat scientific thing happens -- it creates a simple battery.

This scientific phenomenom removes the silver tarnish from the silver item you want cleaned.

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