Polishing Silver without Harsh Chemicals

Polishing silver is not something people look forward to spending their weekends doing, between the harsh chemicals and the nasty smell, it can make for an unpleasant experience. What if you want to eat or drink off of the objects that need to be polished? I am sure that using the standard cleaning method and then washing well with soap and water is just fine, but when it comes to my family I like the err on the side of caution. Enter in toothpaste! Toothpaste is a cheap and easy alternative to the standard silver polishing chemicals.

How to polish with Toothpaste
Silver Cup
Step 1: To begin the polishing process, I like the run the silver under water briefly, I feel as though this helps the toothpaste to spread around a little easier.

Step 2: The next step is to put a little squirt of toothpaste on a rag and just begin polishing. I haven’t found that it takes much more effort then using a standard polishing paste. If the tarnish it really stubborn, I like to rub a thin coat of paste on the object and let it sit for a few minutes

Step 3: When  you are done polishing, rinse with warm water and dry with a  clean rag. Ta da! you are done!