The Quickest & Easiest Way to Clean Silver

2 Materials
5 Minutes

I’ve talked about 2 ways to clean silver before that are quick, easy, & eco-friendly. And both methods use things practically everyone already has on hand:

  1. Method 1 – using baking soda, foil & hot water
  2. Method 2 – using toothpaste

Both of these methods work really well and are pretty quick. The baking soda method has always been my favorite because the tarnish just magically disappears right before your eyes!

The thing is… I don’t buy aluminum foil anymore, mainly for environmental reasons even though some people swear it can negatively impact health too. Either way, since I don’t buy it anymore I can’t use the magic baking soda trick.

Not to worry! I now have a new way to clean silver that’s not really all that new. Just new to me I guess.

Backstory… a member of an Instagram group I’m in shared a pic of her silver teapot collection that was so pretty & nostalgic. I was so inspired by her photo, that I pulled out my Grandmother’s teapots & decided I wanted them on display too. I normally only pull them out & clean them in the spring when I use them to display flowers on the dining table.

Otherwise, I just use them as bookends for my cookbooks in the kitchen. But that post got me thinking that I really should show them off & maybe even use them more – that’s actually the best way to keep them from tarnishing.

But first, I needed to clean them up. I didn’t really feel like taking the time to use the baking soda method on 4 teapots so the brain got to working…

My first thought was to still use the baking soda but make a paste to rub on & buff off. But then I don’t know what made me think to reach for one of my favorite eco-friendly cleansers…

Bon Ami! I get mine from Grove Collaborative & I keep it on auto subscribe! Get yours through my link & get a free gift too!

I decided to try it on the bottom of a teapot to see how it would react. And I am SO glad I did!

The Bon Ami literally cleaned a teapot in no time at all. It took less than 15 minutes to clean all 4. And honestly I think that’s just because they have so many nooks & crannies that I needed a toothbrush to really get into.

This has definitely got to be the quickest & easiest method I have ever used! And it’s eco-friendly!

Now my teapots are on full display in the dining room where I think they’ll stay. Having them out even frees up space in the pantry too. It’s a win win!

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  • Desiree Zaballero Desiree Zaballero on Oct 07, 2021

    Very clever! What interests me is in the background. How did you mount such a beautiful montage of glass ?


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  • OLIVE HARTE OLIVE HARTE on Oct 03, 2021

    I sold silver plate for 20 years and I always rinsed the dusty silver plate first under the warm tap water as the dust holds grit and a film of grease from the air. WE ALWAYS USED A SOFT YELLOW DUSTER TO POLISH OFF AS THIS WAS SO SOFT IT HAD NO FINE ABRASIVES. A lot of cloths do as dose tooth paste, and many more homemade cleaner items. The best powder is potters clay which you get in a jewelers tin of silver cleaner. I tell you this as any abrasiveness on the silver or silver plate leaves marks and eventually wears off the silver plate. Especially on Indian treated silver plate. When cleaning silver use cotton gloves,as your natural grease on your hands leave a mark on the silver. Clean the pieces laid out on a fine soft cloth ,wash the cloth after each use as it holds the dust residue from the previous cleaning. GIVE time to this work as each piece is of value and must be treated with care not just like a pot! Many pieces cannot be replaced to day. olive.

    • N'Ckyola N'Ckyola on Oct 04, 2021

      Thanks so much for the feedback OLIVE HARTE! These definitely can't be replaced as they belonged to my late grandmother - she always used the yellow duster too. Luckily I only have to clean them once a year. I didn't know about the gloves... thanks for that tip.

  • William William on Oct 04, 2021

    Yes it will work on brass plate. I sold a 2' brass plated chalk Buddha on Ebay. A gift from a client. It needed a good cleaning. I used a damp cloth and a dab of toothpaste to get the main areas. Then a damp tooth brush and a dab of toothpaste for all the knooks and crannies. It shined. White toothpaste has fine powdered marble in it. Leaves no scratches. Doesn't affect gems or stones on jewelry either. I have used it to polish watches and remove fine scratches on the crystal face. As I stated, I used it to clean a lot of items I sell on Ebay except clothing or fabrics.