Cleaning Silver

Many of you have asked several times about cleaning silver. I have lot of silver items which were turning dark in color. I used to wash them regularly, however never tried to make them shine. :)

Last week after Ganesha Festival, I kept complaining to my Husband that silver was turning dark and that I need to carry all of them to Bangalore next month to clean them. He had a hearty laugh, and said he would clean each and every items for me. And sure enough, he did clean all of them one after another. As he was cleaning the last batch, I ran and took some pictures and asked him to explain the procedure. So, below is a step by step instruction to get the most shine from your silver items.

Items required for cleaning silver:

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Boiling Water
  • Baking Soda or Dishwasher Liquid
  • Salt
  • Soft Brush or the one we have used ( I have a separate one for all Gods items)
  • A huge pan or vessel to soak the silver items

Method:

    • Take a huge pan or vessel which can be used to immerse the silver items.IMG_2070
    • Line your huge pan or vessel with aluminum foilIMG_2072
    • Place the silver item which is to be cleaned.IMG_2073
    • Pour in boiling waterIMG_2074
    • Add a cup of baking soda or dishwasher liquid. IMG_2075
  • Add a spoon of salt.
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  • Let the silver items be in this pan for a few minutes.IMG_2078
  • Remove gently, and scrub the items.
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Dry them using a paper towel, or a nice white clean clothIMG_2092

  • Sparkling silver items are ready to be used.

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23 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lalitha on September 17, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Hi Meera,
    Very helpful hint. I also do the same thing to clean all the Vigrahas and Deepas. I use the Aluminium tray which is deep. Ppour boiling water with baking soda, salt and some vinegar. Soak for a little while and take a soft brush and clean the crevices and wash them with clean water. But you should be doing this pretty frequently otherwise, they will be tarnished again. Thanks.
    Lalitha Aunty

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  2. Posted by Champa on September 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Hello Meera,

    Weiman silver cream works good as well. It is found in Walmart. Scrub the Silver utensils and wash them with dish washing soap.

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  3. Posted by Aarthy on September 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Meera,
    I find this blog really inspiring and very useful. Please keep up this work and spread awareness among other Madhwas.
    A quick addition to the above procedure. It is safe to use a non reacting base like glass to add foil, baking soda and salt to clean silver.
    Thanks again and keep up your good work.

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  4. simple and vlauable suggestion. thank you. (Vivaha, Chennai 91, ) We request all our Madhwa people to visit our website for assiatance in seeking alliances for their children.

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  5. Nice household tips… we often forget them and require them at festival times….

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  6. Posted by Arati on September 18, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Very much helpful tip.
    To apply toothpaste on silver items is also a very good solution for it to shine.

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  7. Posted by Rv.kaushik on September 18, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Namaskaara Meera avare!

    The silver items can also be cleaned by using vibhuti or bhasma. An unanswered question in the method below is, how long does the shine last? Not for long I suppose as you might have used these irems during vara mahAlakshmi habba, on aug 16th. Use of vibhuti preserves the shine for regularly used items such as deepagaLu and panchapatre items for about 2- 3 months

    A response will be appreciated

    Regards Venkatesh Kaushik

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  8. Posted by Aparna on September 18, 2013 at 4:17 am

    I use peethambari to remove the oily’ness and once it is dry, I use Colgate tooth POWDER as a polishing agent.Just take a little powder on a white soft cloth and rub it agaist the silver item. It will look brand new :-)

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  9. Posted by Divya on September 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    hi,

    Thanks for your valuable feed back, accidently soap water was put on my kanchi silk saree, stains of mark remained, I checked with the dry cleaning person he told stain marks wont go.
    please suggest home remedies if any

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  10. Peethambari is super- corroding, my guess is it might harm the metal itself instead if removing the stains. It is ok for brass or copper. Is it advisable for silver?

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  11. Posted by Chitra on September 19, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi Meera,
    good post, you can use silverbright cream which is available in local stores, also if you are not using them frequently you can wrap them with a white cloth and pack them in a ziploc kind of plastic bags. They don’t get tarnished if they are covered.

    Chitra

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  12. Dear Meera, 
    I read your blog regularly. Love it and admire you for doing this. I too am a Madhwa and a Krishna  devotee. I was in Singapore and California and now in Bangalore. I read your mail on cleaning silver and wanted to share…..this method has all my devarasaman sparkling!! Everyone asks me how I keep my silver so clean!! The method your husband does is simillar, but use a large glass bowl and a few pieces of aluminium foil.in addtion to lining the bowl. 

    For cleaning silver….take a large glass bowl, like pyrex ..corning….line it with aluminium foil , put all your silver items..thats why a large container. Please DONt use aluminum or steel..or plastic….I use the biggest pyrex dish. Pour hot boiling water enough to immerse the silver items. Add pieces of aluminium foil. Immedietly add baking soda it will froth. Then add a table spoon of salt. Leave for 20 to 30 minutes. Wash with a mild soap and water. Pat dry. For very soiled silver repeat. I use this for all my silver jewellry too !

    Vasanti Rao
    Bangalore

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    • Posted by meeraghu on September 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Vasanti,
      I sure will try your method next. I have several more items to wash before I make my trip to India. I will keep you all posted on the progress.

      Thanks so much for sharing the same.

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  13. Posted by Jayashree Ravichandran on September 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Dear meera, Thanks for the tip.. I would like to share another way of making silver sparkle.
    Take sour curd / yogurt in a large bowl , add a little water then soak all the silver articles in it for about 30mins and scrub with a brush , your silvers will be as good as new . You can also try with curdled milk [odadhu hodha haalu ]..
    Jayashree ravichandran
    Vizag.

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    • Posted by meeraghu on September 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, Jayashree. Good idea when you don’t have baking soda handy. However, the sour curd has to be kept seperate for God. We cannot use the curd we have already eaten no?

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  14. Posted by seshamma on September 23, 2013 at 4:05 am

    Dear Meeragaru,
    Other than the above, u can use “COLGET POWDER” FIRST JUST CLEAN WITH DRY POWDER WITH PAPER OR SPANG. AFTER THAT U CAN WASH WITH WATER.
    WE CAN KEEP SEPAERATE COLGET POWDER BOX FOR SILVER OR GOD UTENSILS
    THANKS

    Reply

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