How to Clean a Silver Tray

You can spot clean a silver tray with toothpaste.
You can spot clean a silver tray with toothpaste. (Image: silver drinks serving set image by thomas owen from

Oftentimes, before you can use a silver serving tray you need to give it a good polish. The fact is, items made from silver tarnish easily, and most people use their silver items so infrequently that tarnish must be removed before each use. Fortunately, you don't need to buy expensive silver polish to give a silver tray a good shine; silver can be cleaned with a little elbow grease and a few items from your cupboards.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dish soap

Spot clean smaller tarnished areas with toothpaste. Dab a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the tarnished area of the tray and use your finger to rub it in. Rub in a circular motion, moving outward to cover the tarnished area.

Let the toothpaste sit on the tarnished spot for about five minutes. Wash the toothpaste off the silver tray with warm soapy water, rinse it clean and dry it with a soft cloth.

Measure two tbsp. of baking soda and put it in a mixing bowl. Add water in slowly and mix with the baking soda until you have a paste.

Apply the baking soda paste to any areas of the tray that are still tarnished. Use a clean sponge that has been wet with water and wrung out to apply the baking soda paste. Rub the paste into the tarnished tray in a circular motion, moving outward to cover the entire tarnished area.

Allow the baking soda to sit on the tarnished tray for an hour before you rinse it clean. Use hot soapy water to wash the tray, rinse it with hot water and polish it dry with a soft cloth.


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