Clean Silver Dish Styled

How To Clean Silver

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I found this chafing dish while I was out thrifting and had no intensions of learning how to clean the silver. I kind of like the tarnished look. Until I cleaned it, now I like the polished look! A girl can change her mind, right?! Let me tell you what worked and what didn’t.

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tarnished silver dish

After scouring the internet for home remedies on how to clean silver, I discovered some worked better than others. One article suggested using dish soap and a soft cloth. This process didn’t work so well for me, nor did the vinegar method.

Here is what I used to clean the silver chafing dish.

silver cleaning products

Using a mixture of baking soda, table salt and a little water I made a thick paste. I applied the mixture with a cloth and gently rubbed in a circular motion.

baking soda mixture

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Applying cleaning mixture to silver

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Back to cleaning the silver. This is a messy process, that tarnish comes off black (obviously) however, it rinses off with water easily.

cleaning silver with cloth

Some of the tarnish may need a little “extra” scrubbing, this is when I used a soft scratch pad or tooth brush to get in the hard to get areas. I didn’t want my piece to be super shiny so I stopped scrubbing when the patina was just right and my arm was tired!

silver cleaned

Once it was cleaned, I styled it for spring…..because I have no idea what a chafing pot is used for!

spring styled silver dish

Do you have a secret recipe to clean silver? Drop it in a comment below.

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