How To Clean Silver Without Harsh Toxins

Hi everyone!
I decided to try a new feature here at The Thrifty Groove. And the first edition is How To Clean Silver Without Harsh Toxins/Chemicals!
So, what is this new feature?
Saw it, Pinned it, Tried it
That’s right! I am going to try some of the things I pin on Pinterest and share my results with all of you!
Are you ready for a “Fail or Success”?
You all are well aware that I love to find beautiful old silver pieces while thrifting. And I have a pretty nice collection! Sometimes I just want to use the pieces as is…all tarnished and lovely. You can see some of my tarnished pieces that I just used for a Coffee Bar post (click picture below).
Coffee bar
One of the pieces in that post is this pretty little silver dish.
The dish is not real bad as far as tarnish because I have been using this dish for the last few months. However, the filigree edges were building up with some tarnish so, I decided to clean it for an upcoming tea/recipe post.
I headed over to my “Cleaning Tips” board and looked for a pin I knew was in there. I went back to the original blog post from the picture I pinned and decided to try her method!
The blog post is at “Clean My Space”. (I will always try to track down the original poster and link to it).
So, what crazy “ingredients” do you need?
A toothbrush, toothpaste and some water! That’s it!
You can see the tarnish starting to build up on the edges of this silver piece.
Dip the toothbrush in water then load it with some toothpaste and start scrubbing.
Scrub, dip brush in water to rinse off, add more toothpaste and keep scrubbing.
One of the best parts of this method is I don’t have to worry about wearing gloves and drying out my skin!
So, did it work?
It did work. You can see I still need to go over the filigree area. You still have to scrub but, so much nicer than the cleaners for silver!! Not to mention, those products are expensive. You can go to the dollar store and buy a tube of toothpaste and some toothbrushes for a couple of bucks!
I am very happy I pinned this tip and tried it! I will be using this method for now on.
Now here is a “cleaning tip” that was in with one of those “25 tips of cleaning” type of posts.
Yes we all know Coke will strip away a lot of gunk. But, my question is…
Why use Coke when you can drink it and it is way more expensive than just using bleach. Not too mention Coke won’t disinfect your toilet. 
Just because something works doesn’t always mean it is the best option. And it for sure doesn’t mean it is the thriftiest option!
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  1. Sweet!! I will try this today!! I need this this as I am trying to "clean up my act" around the house and brighten up my silver! I also have to admit that I get seriously lost on Pintrest - info overload - and I usually don't come up for air for a few hours!!

  2. This is such a great idea for a post. And I've actually done this before and it works. I do something else kind of funny but don't think I've posted it. I take my 'old' cleaning toothbrush, put a little toothpaste on it and clean my rings....right on my hand! haha! Just brush brush brush, rinse your hands with clean water and your rings are shining again! Hugs, Diane

  3. I need to polish my Daffodil silverplate for next week - I will try the toothpaste to spiff them up. I prefer not to remove the patina and just give them a nice shine. I also clean my rings with an old toothbrush and toothpaste right on my hand - great minds think alike.

  4. Great tip...will have to try it. It has to be cheaper than Wright's!
    Have a great weekend, Diann.

  5. Wow!! I LOVE non-toxic options! Now, I don't have much silver...but I will note this one, thanks!
    Sissy :)

  6. I also tried this on silver pieces on my daughter's horse gear. It worked great!

  7. I think I will enjoy this new series. This tip is great as I have a few recent flea market finds that need a little sprucing up. Thanks! Blessings, Cindy

  8. Love this new feature on your blog Diann! I've used toothpaste before to clean jewelry and it works great, now I can do my silver! I agree, why would you put coke in your toilet?? I have a cleaning board on Pinterest also.
    hugs, Linda


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