How to make silver hydrogen peroxide

Simply clean tarnished stainless steel cutlery

We were clearing our medicine cabinet when a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide fell into our hands. We bought it to clean wounds, but didn't use it.

I thought about what else could be done with it. I already had a few ideas and did a little research on the Internet. We also had our stainless steel cutlery. This was now a bit old, still in good condition, but also partly tarnished / discolored a bit brown.

Pictures 2 + 3 show pieces of cutlery with discoloration. All other pictures were taken after cleaning. Unfortunately you can't see how clean it got, but it worked really well.

To the tip:

  1. Fill hydrogen peroxide 3% into a spray bottle (I used a funnel for this).
  2. Put the cutlery in a bowl or other container.
  3. Spray the cutlery well on all sides with the hydrogen peroxide 3%, wait 3-5 minutes and let it take effect, then polish with a soft cloth. You could see directly on the cloth how the deposits came off. In the case of stronger discolouration, simply leave the whole thing to act a little longer.

If you do not want to get the hydrogen peroxide on your skin, you can put on gloves, but this is not absolutely necessary with a 3% solution. However, it must not come into contact with the mucous membranes and eyes.

I had originally read that hydrogen peroxide is particularly suitable for cleaning old silver cutlery.

As an aside, because I found it very interesting, hydrogen peroxide (the concentration can also be higher here) is very versatile:


Hydrogen peroxide was introduced into therapy around 130 years ago. It was discovered about 180 years ago.

  • It has a disinfectant effect, has been proven to kill germs, bacteria and viruses and can also be used in the household for cleaning.
  • In hospitals it is also used for wound healing (antiseptic) and it is used in dentistry.
  • It can be used as a bleaching agent, works well against mold, is used for bleaching and dyeing hair, among other things.
  • There are good informative books about it, but there is also a lot of interesting information about it on the Internet, I found it all quite exciting. Originally I only knew hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) from the hospital.
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) can be obtained relatively cheaply in pharmacies.

I think I'll use it more for cleaning in the future and read more about it.