Non Toxic Ways to Clean Silver

Non Toxic Ways to Clean Silver: The Green, The Easy and The Inexpensive

I love the aged look of old silver pieces, but when I’m entertaining, sometimes I want to bring out my beautiful silver pieces to serve.

Honestly, my silver pieces sit unused for the most part, so they develop a little tarnish.

But what about those pieces you find at thrift stores or antique shops? Sometimes they can be tarnished beyond recognition. 

They could be polished, but most of the polishing agents today contain chemicals and toxins that can be bad not only for the environment but for the health of the people around you as well.

silver set slighltly tarnished with flowers on silver tray

The good news is that there are some effective natural ways clean and polish your silver. These methods can be used for your silver jewelry or silver cutlery alike. 

 So let’s dig into some natural solutions will help to give you beautiful silver when you need it.

non toxic ways to clean silver
  • Water and Baking Soda. Make a paste by mixing water and baking soda. Use the paste to clean and polish your silver.
  • Toothpaste. The toothpaste to be used should be organic. Use a dab of it to clean your silver using a flannel or a piece of cloth.
  • Vinegar and Aluminum Foil. Line your skillet or pan with foil. Mix a cup of vinegar for every quart of water then let it boil. When boiling, soak your silver items for a period of five minutes. Rinse the silver pieces with hot water. Wipe them dry.
  • Aluminum Foil, Baking Soda and Water. Place your silver pieces (jewelry or cutlery) in a pan lined with foil. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the silver items. Pour a good amount of boiling water and allow them to soak for a period of fifteen minutes. You will be surprised to see the tarnish going to or transferred to the aluminum foil.
  • Rubbing Alcohol. When dealing with mild mineral residue or spots, you can simply mix a part of alcohol with four parts of water in a basin. Soak a piece of cloth into it then rub over silver items. Wipe them dry.

Treating Stubborn Tarnish

For those silver pieces that have gone a long time unused, they may need a bit more tarnished and require a little more cleaning. 

When dealing with stubborn tarnish it’s important to remember: Use more than one solution. For instance, you can soak your silver items with a mixture of boiling water, baking soda, salt and aluminum foil. After drying them, apply a certain amount of toothpaste, buffing each piece with a piece of cloth or clean rag.

Important Concerns About Commercial Products

Avoid cleaning/polishing products with words such as “caution,” “warning,” and “danger” as they pose risks to health and the environment. These warnings must be seriously taken. If possible, look for products that contain natural ingredients or those with minimal or gentler solvents. 

In The End

So, no more passing by those heavily tarnished thrifted pieces you find at antique shops. You can get your silver pieces shiny and beautiful again without using harsh chemicals. Using any of the above methods will make your silver shiny again and ready to use. 

What do you use to clean your silver?