Use Toothpaste To Polish Silver

Next time you need to clean silver cutlery or jewellery, reach for toothpaste instead of expensive silver polish.

Snapguide user Shayne shares this simple technique for cleaning old silver. All you need to do is the toothpaste on like soap, and rub it off with a paper towel. The results are pretty remarkable. She adds that tartar control toothpaste will work best, since it contains the most hydrated silica, but anything in your medicine cabinet should do a decent job.

How To Clean Silver Jewelry with Toothpaste [Snapguide]


    Wow! Like her grandmother wasn't doing that and then some.

    Toothpaste should NEVER be used as a silver polish. Some toothpastes contain baking soda or other ingredients which are much too abrasive. Even trace amounts can cause serious damage.

      A lot of these tips are like that. Some are good but a lot are well intentioned but impractical, or as in this case, just a bad idea.

      Now who else wants to put foodstuff in a deoderant bottle! Or a soap pump? I know I do!

    Or spend a whole $2 and get a silver polishing cloth that won't ruin your silver.

    Toothpaste works a treat on polishing car headlights. They won't get a perfect buff but they'll be 10x better than they were without any work done.

    It costs like $10 for a bottle of Silvo. If that. That's probably cheaper than you'll pay for "Tartar Control" toothpaste anyway. And it will actually work without damaging your silverware.

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