# clean-organized-family-home.com (Fri Oct 27 12:25:55 2017) Sitemap: https://www.clean-organized-family-home.com/WrL9FPSI.xml

how to clean silverware

How to clean silverware?

Believe it or not, toothpaste is one of the best and least expensive ways to clean silverware of that annoying tarnish that builds up over time. 

Silverware - whether sterling or sterling plate - generally responds the same way to a variety of tarnish removers, toothpaste included (namely, the tarnish is successfully removed).

The only caveat to be aware of when using toothpaste is to be sure the paste is white and is free of whitening additives or baking soda.

Here's how to clean silverware with toothpaste.


  1   How to Clean Silverware: Start by Placing a Cotton Sock on Your Hand

how to clean silverware.

To begin, place a cotton sock on your polishing hand. Dampen the sock under cool running water. Squeeze out any excess water with your other hand.

  2   Apply Toothpaste to the Sock

Squeeze a pearl-size drop of toothpaste onto the dampened sock at your fingertips. Using up-and-down (not circular) strokes, rub the toothpaste onto the front and back of silverware.

To get the toothpaste between silverware tines and other tight spaces and grooves, pull the sock away from your fingers at the tips and twist tightly.

  3   Rinse the Toothpaste from Your Silverware

Rinse the toothpaste from your silverware under fresh running water. Remove the sock from your hand and set aside; grab and don its mate, and polish the silverware dry. 

Preventing Future Tarnish

  • Store silverware behind glass, in an airtight plastic bag, or a chest lined with tarnish-resistant flannel. 
  • Resist the urge to bundle your silver in rubber bands: the rubber can cause discoloration on silverware.
  • Avoid serving sulfur-containing foods such as mayonnaise and eggs from your silver platter - it's a recipe for instant tarnish. 
  • Avoid using rubber or latex gloves when cleaning silverware - both are corrosive to silver.

You might like these

  • Coming Clean at Home

    if you're like most people, you consider a reasonably clean home to be one of life's essentials. So with limited time available, why devote any more of it to cleaning than is absolutely necessary?

  • Summer Home Cleaning Tricks

    It's summertime, and the living is easy. Cleaning should be easy as well, but often isn't. These home cleaning tricks can help pick up the pace.

  • Holiday House Cleaning Tips

    Moms are the workhorses of the holidays. With all the holiday house cleaning to be done, why not enlist a family of volunteers to help?

› How to Clean Silverware