How To Clean Vintage Silver Cufflinks

Want to know how to clean vintage silver cufflinks so you can enjoy their silvery luster? When your cufflinks are shiny, you’ll look spiffy in your dress shirt down to the smallest detail. The ladies always take notice of such things and will approve of you.

Gather these supplies to polish your vintage silver cufflinks:

  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot water
  • Small glass pan or bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Silver jewelry polishing cloth
  1. Measure two tablespoons of salt and one tablespoon of baking soda. Add hot water to fill the vessel. Stir to dissolve.
  2. Place two layers of aluminum foil, shiny side up, in the bottom of the small glass pan or bowl. Submerge it under the salt and baking soda solution.
  3. Immediately put your cufflinks in the solution on top of the aluminum foil. Make sure the silver is in contact with the foil.
  4. Let the vintage silver cufflinks sit in the solution until the mixture is completely cool. Take the cufflinks out and rinse with water. Dry with paper towels.
  5. Use a silver jewelry polishing cloth to polish the cufflinks.


  • After you clean and polish your little silver beauties, you can store them in such a way that they won’t get tarnished as fast. Store them in a little anti-tarnish pouch you can find at jewelry stores or on the internet.
  • If you have stones of any kind in your silver cufflinks, don’t use the salt and baking soda technique–it could harm the stones. Instead, use a jewelry polishing cloth that takes off tarnish and is safe for stones.
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