Removing Tarnish from Aluminum

Removing Tarnish

We received a few Beatriz Ball aluminum serving dishes as a wedding gift from some dear friends. The aluminum serving dishes are bright and shiny and are resistant to hot and cold temperatures. You can even bake in them. It is a very practical gift. The only thing you can’t do with aluminum serving dishes is put them in the dish washer. But, late one night after a party, we put a small aluminum bowl and spoon in the dishwasher. When they came out they were covered in tarnish.

Recently I posted a photo on instagram of ice cream sent to me from Sprinkles (thank you Sprinkles) in the bowl. The bowl was just the right size for the amount of ice cream I had left, so I used it despite the tarnish. Charles later saw the photo and commented on how tarnished the bowl was. It was time to do something to solve the problem, so I turned to Google for a solution.

I am very happy to report that boiling the bowl in a mixture of water, white wine vinegar, salt, and lemon worked wonders! Who knew? This all natural solution was easy, and the bowl and spoon look almost new.  I think the before and after photos above speak for themselves.

Here is what I did. I filled a pot with water, added about 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 lemons. I brought it to a boil and added the bowl and spoon. It took about 45 minutes, but it worked. Then I washed the bowl and spoon to rinse off any residue from the cleaning mixture.

Aren’t these results impressive?! I am so happy that this serving set has been cleaned.


  1. ohhh, good to know! great tip! thanks for sharing :)

  2. I’m almost done reading “My Boyfriend Barfed in my Handbag” and it tells all great information about cleaning around the house. I think you’d enjoy it as well!

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