How To Polish Silver Using Banana Peels

updated Jun 5, 2019
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Bananas are legit. They are a proper on the go snack, packed full of nutrients and vitamins, and come in a convenient peel-and-toss wrapper to boot! But before tossing the wrapper, consider attempting this super simple method for cleaning your silver.

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What You Need


  • Bananas
  • Water


  • Blender
  • Rag to polish silver

There are a few all natural recipes for cleaning silver but this is my preferred method for jewelry. Its great for small delicate pieces, but won’t work as well on heavily tarnished large pieces like silverware or dishware.


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1. Blend: Toss a few banana peels in the blender with just a bit of water to make a paste. It won’t be pretty, but it will work!

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2. Scrub: With a soft cloth or toothbrush, begin to work the paste around your silver piece.

3. Wash: Dip the silver into a water bath and work off any remaining paste. Pat dry with a clean cloth.

More great tips and tutorials: Cleaning Basics

Edited from original post by Kathleen Luttschyn April 19, 2011