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Silver Cleaning

Silver Cleaning

How do you clean silver in a less toxic way? Thanks

If you have a small job, the best silver polish using kitchen cupboard type ingredients is white tooth paste. Dab some on your finger, and rub into the tarnish. For bigger pieces, use baking soda and a clean, damp sponge. Make a paste of baking soda and water. Scoop the paste onto the sponge, and rub the paste into the silver. Rinse with hot water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth. For badly tarnished silver, leave the baking soda paste on the silver for an hour or so, before cleaning off with the help of the sponge and hot water.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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9:59AM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Good tips,thanks for sharing

11:44AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Toothpaste should NEVER be used as a silver polish. Some toothpastes contain baking soda or other ingredients which are much too abrasive; even trace amounts can cause serious damage. Use polishes that are specifically formulated to remove tarnish from silver.

Jeffrey Herman
Herman Silver Restoration & Conservation.

9:53AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011


2:20AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Enjo has a silver cleaning cloth...just add a bit of water and rub off.

10:00AM PDT on Jun 22, 2011


12:46PM PST on Feb 28, 2011

Toothpaste can scratch silver and I know salt corrodes silver. I just use Silvermate liquid silver cleaner and don't have to rub on nothing.

4:27AM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Thanks for the article.

9:38PM PDT on Sep 14, 2008

Does the aluminum foil in the bottom of a glass dish,hot water,baking soda, and salt really work and if so how much of every thing do you put in? Also how long do you leave the silver in for?

11:36AM PST on Jan 9, 2008

How about storage of silver to prevent tarnishing? A natural solution?

9:41AM PST on Jan 7, 2008

Aluminum foil in the bottom of a glass dish, hot water, baking soda, and salt= let item soak and rub off the tarnish. I use it on my jewelry.

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