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Polishing silver without silver polish?

Asked by JilltheTooth (19612 points ) October 5th, 2010

I once heard about about a way to remove tarnish from silver with aluminum foil and baking soda (?) but I don’t remember how and can’t find it on the net. I’m lousy at searching techniques, sorry Do any of you know about this?

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Blueroses's avatar

it’s here

I’ve tried it and it does work!

JilltheTooth's avatar

Thank you! That’s it! I’m embarrassed that I couldn’t find it myself. <thumping my brow in an “oh, duh” manner>

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I’ve heard of the baking soda with a rag and also toothpaste is supposed to work. It might be a little abrasive so test that one carefully.

skfinkel's avatar

I have seen magic with baking soda and aluminum foil, but have never been able to duplicate it. I have also heard about toothpaste—and there are baking soda toothpastes that might work. Wouldn’t it be great to have a product that could work in a washing machine for silver?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@skfinkel I hope you’re referring to a dishwashing machine. The clothes washing machine was the first thing that popped into my mind.

perg's avatar

I have used plain toothpaste (not gel and not including baking soda) to polish silver jewelry. It works reasonably well – tough to get ornate jewelry clean, even using a toothbrush. And you have to be sure to rinse it all off well. I’m going to try baking soda and see if that’s any better.

mowens's avatar

I saw something about this on Mr. Wizard… years and years ago.

mowens's avatar

I’m 26.

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