How Can I Remove Tarnish From My Stainless-Steel Cake Server Without Chemicals?

Clean a stainless steel cake server naturally.
Clean a stainless steel cake server naturally. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The advantage of stainless steel is that it resists rust and tarnish -- but even stainless can discolor, especially if it's silver plated. The best method of cleaning tarnished stainless steel is with a chemical-free method, as the harsh chemical reactions often used to remove silver tarnish can corrode stainless steel. With a few items from your kitchen, you can clean your stainless-steel cake server in just a few minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Lemon juice or vinegar

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Put 1/4 cup of baking soda into a small bowl. Gradually add water -- 1/2 tsp. at a time -- until it makes a thick paste.

Dip a corner of the microfiber cloth into the baking soda paste and rub on the cake server in a circular motion until the discoloration fades.

Rinse well under running water. If there is still a discoloration, rub more baking soda paste on the surface and rinse again. Wipe the cake server dry.

Dampen a clean corner of the microfiber cloth with lemon juice or vinegar. Rub the surface of the cake cutter lightly to shine and remove any streaks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stainless steel washed in a dishwasher or with dish-washing liquid can result in rainbow-colored streaking, which can be removed with lemon juice or vinegar in the same manner as above.
  • Do not soak stainless steel in vinegar or lemon juice, as it can cause discoloring.


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