How To Make Your Own Silver Polish

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How To Make Your Own Silver Polish

Making your own silver polish is easy to do. All you need are some basic household materials to remove tarnish from your silver pieces.


One way to make silver polish is to use toothpaste. Select plain toothpaste without any bleaching agents, as they can damage the silver. Apply the toothpaste directly to your silver and use a clean cloth to polish. For intricate pieces, use a soft bristled toothbrush to get into any crevices. Make sure to run the silver piece under warm water to remove the toothpaste, and then dry thoroughly with a clean cloth.

Water, Salt, and Baking Soda

Place your silver pieces along the bottom of an aluminum pot. Pour enough water into the pot to cover your pieces, and add one teaspoon baking soda and one teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil; allow the water to boil for three minutes. Remove from heat. Once the water has cooled off, move the silver pieces to warm, soapy water. Polish the pieces by scrubbing them with a clean cloth, and then drying them with another fresh cloth. Alternately, you can line a glass pan with aluminum foil (dull-side down) and lay the silver pieces out on top of the foil; add one quart of boiling water on top of the silver and add two teaspoons of baking soda. Allow the silver to soak until the water is cool enough to touch; remove the silver and polish with a dry, clean cloth.



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