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Clean Earth Silver Plating Solution: Cyanide Free?

February 3, 2010

I am making a copper bowl, but want to plate the inside for food safety reasons. I have heard (mostly from this website, which is incredibly helpful) that at-home silver electroplating is pretty much impossible due to the fact that it needs/creates cyanide. I have heard of a product called "CleanEarth" that claims to be true silver plating but is cyanide-free. Does anyone have experience with using this product?


Megan Wachs
engineering student - Stanford, California

February 4, 2010

Hi, Megan. Clean Earth claims it is cyanide-free and it probably is. If you try it, please get back to us -- we'd like to know how it worked out.

We've talked to the principal supplier of non-cyanide silver plating solutions and been told that they only sell it for electronic applications, not decorative applications because, as mentioned on our Silver Plating at Home FAQ, the color isn't quite right.

But a consumer may be far more accepting of a slightly off color on a few D-I-Y items than they would be with purchased items. If you purchased flatware and your guests were noting how the pieces didn't quite match in color, you'd probably want to return it -- whereas if you had replated it yourself, you'd probably welcome the comment :-)

We have slightly revised the wording on our FAQ page based on your inquiry. Thanks!


Ted Mooney,
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Clean Earth Silver Plating Solution

February 6, 2010

Food safety reasons?In that case it is far better to use tin plating,food safe traditional solution,and last but not least it is tarnish free.Hope it helps and good luck!

Goran Budija
- Zagreb,Croatia

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