Can I use ammonia to clean silver items?

You can use ammonia to remove tarnish and clean silver items. However, you must take precautions to do this safely. For example, you must only use the chemical in a well-ventilated area and make sure that the ammonia does not spill. In order to use ammonia to clean silver, the recipe is:

  • 1 tablespoon ammonia
  • 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid
  • ¼ cup of water

Dip a cotton Q-tip into the mixed ammonia solution, and then rub it on the tarnished silver. Finally, you will need to thoroughly rinse off the solution and polish the silver for a shiny professional finish.