Polishing Vintage Silver

by Kortney Campbell on April 30, 2012

We love buying pretty vintage silver trays and serving wear from thrift stores. Most of the pieces we find are pretty beat up though. With a few household staples & rags these treasures are good as new (almost). This dish was just $2.00 at Goodwill. It is real silver, as marked on the bottom & I (Katie) keep it in my bathroom for all things girly (read: bobbies, earrings, lash curlers). Now that it is polished up it will look even prettier.

Above is before the cleaning, filled with all my treasures (aka-stuff I don’t feel like putting away). To get this piece, or any other piece sparkling, all you need is some baking soda & vinegar – this will be just like the science experiment with the exploding volcano when you were a kid.

Sprinkle the baking soda heavily on to the silver (or in a separate bowl), then pour on the vinegar and watch as it bubbles up. You want to just put enough on so that it forms a paste. If it gets too thin, just sprinkle on some more baking soda. Rub the paste into the silver with a rag. I’ve found that working in a circular “buffing” motion works the best. If your paste is becoming grey, you know it’s working. Keep adding more soda & vinegar as needed, and after it’s all clean wipe clean with a damp towel and dry thoroughly. See – just like new!

We love using old glasses & dishes for pretty storage. Do you buy old thing from the thrift stores and give them a new life like we do? We’d love to hear some of your tricks!

About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    Ginger October 3, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Just cleaned some silver that hasn’t been used in almost 40 yrs.
    Your method worked great and it even cleaned the glass bowls that were cloudy.

    Thank you so much and have a blessed day!


    Kortney Campbell October 3, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    We’re so glad to help, Ginger! You have a blessed day as well!


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