Truth: I think I own one piece of silver, and that’s a bracelet my uncle gave me many moons ago. The thing about silver is that it gets tarnished and requires polishing. However, most silver polish is toxic.
“Metal polishes may contain nerve-damaging petroleum distillates or lung-irritating ammonia, potentially irritating eyes, skin or airways during use,” according to the Organic Consumers Association.
I certainly don’t want to use silver polish in that case, especially if I’m only polishing one piece of silver. If I don’t want to polish silver, then my bracelet looks gross and grubby. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about—dull, tarnished, covered in grime.
Considering the silver needed to be cleaned, but I didn’t want to use anything toxic, much less expensive, because I only have ONE piece to clean, and I needed to find a solution.
Thank God for the Internet.
There are a quite a few ways to clean silver naturally, but this one seemed the easiest and least time-consuming. Plus, I already had all the ingredients in my house. Are you ready for this?
I’m serious, toothpaste.
Squirt a little toothpaste onto a cloth and rub it all over the silver. You’ll notice the grime coming right off. You’ll see black streaks on your cloth and the silver should start to shine. After you’re finished polishing, put the silver piece under running warm water (otherwise you’ll have toothpaste residue on it) and pat dry with a clean cloth.
The cloth I used was covered in black stuff. Clearly the toothpaste did its job. So, there you go, the simple way to clean silver naturally. I mean, depending on your toothpaste of course, so make sure you use one that’s all natural. You didn’t avoid silver polish for nothing.