How To Polish Silver with Toothpaste

updated Jun 5, 2019
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It kind of makes sense — if toothpaste can remove plaque on your teeth then it should come as no surprise that it will also do a number on that pesky tarnish that has built up on your silver!

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What You Need


  • Toothpaste (not gel!)


  • An old scrubbing toothbrush


  1. Apply a dollop of toothpaste to your piece of silver. I used about as much as I would on my teeth, however, if you are working on a larger piece you might need to use more.
  2. Add just a bit of water to your brush and go to town! Get in all those engravings and tough to reach spots. If your piece is heavily tarnished you might want to let it set for a minute or two before moving on to step 3.
  3. Rinse! Simply rise off all the toothpaste, making sure to get any leftovers that may have clung to engravings, and pat dry.
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