How to Shine Silver Safely


Restore silver or silver plate back to its formerly lustrous self with little more than a quick trip to the bathroom. It takes just minutes to brush away tarnish buildup with ordinary toothpaste. You can apply the same technique using commercial silver polish. However, toothpaste is handier, cheaper and less toxic.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton Sock
  • Tarnish-resistant Flannel
  • Rag
  • Toothpaste
  • Airtight Plastic Bag
  • Place a clean cotton sock on your polishing hand.

  • Dampen the sock slightly under cool running water.

  • Squeeze a pearl-size drop of toothpaste on your fingertip area.

  • Apply the toothpaste to the silver using up-and-down rather than circular strokes until the tarnish is gone.

  • Use a twisted bit of rag to get between silverware tines and other tight spaces.

  • Rinse the silver well.

  • Polish it dry with the clean side of the sock.

  • Store silver in an airtight plastic bag or in a chest lined with tarnish-resistant flannel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't put rubber bands around silver or it will tarnish.

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