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.


Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Good tips,thanks for sharing

Jeffrey Herman
Jeffrey Herman3 years ago

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.

Chris Ray
Chris R.5 years ago


julie t.
julie t.5 years ago

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

Martin R.
Martin R.5 years ago


Martin R.
Martin R.5 years ago

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.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tina Young
Tina Young8 years ago

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?

Barbara B.
Barbara B.8 years ago

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

Heather Dickson
Heather D.8 years ago

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.