How to Clean Your Silver Bars Without Damaging

If you own silver bars, you have made a smart investment decision! Silver is a valuable precious metal that is an affordable option for beginners.

Many people choose to invest in silver bars rather than silver coins because they contain more silver and are convenient to store and resell, if you choose to do so.

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Over time, your silver bars might become tarnished, especially if they were not stored properly in an airtight container over a long period of time. Luckily, silver bars are very easy to clean, and you can do it at home without worrying about damaging your investment.

In just a few simple steps, you’ll learn how to clean your silver bars without damaging them—all with a few simple household items!

A word of caution: this method does create a small amount of toxic fumes that should absolutely not be inhaled. If you feel more comfortable wearing a face mask during the process, do so. Either way, do not put your face at all near the dish, and do not inhale any fumes. Open a nearby window, turn on your oven fan, or clean your bars outside.

Step 1: Gather supplies

You’ll need a few key items to clean your silver bars. Luckily, you should have most of them in your house already!

  • Dish or bowl
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking soda
  • Hot water
  • Latex gloves

Step 2: Cover dish with foil

This step serves two purposes. One, it protects whatever vessel you’re using from being damaged. Two, it helps create the chemical reaction that will clean your silver bars.

Step 3: Sprinkle baking soda on foil

Don’t be afraid to make this a generous sprinkling! You want the baking soda to nearly completely cover all of the foil on the bottom of the dish.

Step 4: Place bars in bowl

Gently place your bars on top of the baking soda in the dish. Make sure they’re evenly spread out so there’s no overlap between the bars. You might need a second container, or just need to do the whole process twice depending on how many silver bars you have. 

Step 5: Pour water over bars

Heat up some water in the microwave or on the stove, and take it off the heat just before it starts to boil. Carefully pour the hot water on top of your silver bars in the dish, making sure not to splash any on you! You should have enough water to cover the entirety of the bars.

Step 6: Sprinkle baking soda on top

After you’ve poured the water on top of the bars, sprinkle more baking soda on top. You don’t need to stir or agitate the water at all.

Step 7: Let sit

Now that both sides are exposed to baking soda, it’s time to let the chemical reaction get to work! Let your silver bars set for at least 5 minutes. If your bars are especially tarnished, you might need to let them set for longer. Just keep an eye on them!

Step 8: Gently scrub (if necessary)

If your bars are still a little tarnished, you might need to gently scrub them. Put on your latex gloves, and gently scrub the bars to remove any tarnish that might be stuck. Be extra gentle, as you don’t want to damage the bars themselves.

Step 9: Rinse bars

If you haven’t already, put on your latex gloves, and gently remove the bars from the dish. Rinse them in cold water under the faucet until all residue is gone. Your bars should be sparkling clean!

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