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Restoring Bleach Damaged Silverware


Q. I spilled Clorox Bleach on some of my silverware and it stained, tarnished or damaged the silverware. Is there any means of restoring my silverware to it's original condition?

Mannie Wilks
architect - Culver City, California


A. If it's sterling silver, enough rubbing with silver polish will eventually restore it. If silver plated you may have damaged it beyond repair.

jeffrey holmes Jeffrey Holmes, CEF
- Spartanburg, South Carolina


A. Mix precipitated chalk and some water (a few drops of ammonia can be added). Object must be rubbed with that mixture; after treatment rinse it well. Hope it helps and good luck!

Goran Budija
- Zagreb, Croatia

March 31, 2008

A. The best way to clean any silver, sterling or plated, is to rub it with toothpaste! Cheap, no-name brand toothpaste is a perfect alternative to silver polish. No bad smell and super cheap!
I rubbed my bleach stained sterling silver ring for just a minute with toothpaste and, ta-da, no stains!
(unfortunately doesn't remove big scratches, just buffed it to a great sheen :)

Karen Smith
- Boise, Idaho, USA

August 15, 2008

thumbsup2Thank you guys. The wife would have killed me...

Sgt Tomas Mikul
- Boston, Massachusetts

May 20, 2009

thumbsup2Thanks for the tip on using the toothpaste. My wife cleaned something with bleach and forgot she had her Tiffany ring on and we thought it was ruined.

Thanks again!

Derrick Curry
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

March 6, 2014

thumbsup2Well I had a cup of bleach sitting in the sink and I accidentally put my Mom's 200 year old sterling silver spoon into it!! Yikes! And the toothpaste, rubbed in for a few minutes by hand (you have to rub fairly hard) did the trick.

jodi fulsom
- Summerland, BC Canada

July 23, 2014

thumbsup2I had a beautiful sterling silver and CZ ring set. I put my hand in some bleach water and the rings turned black. Decided to google for solution and lo & behold the toothpaste restored them to almost new. Thanks a million to the person who discovered this. I was about to throw the rings away

robin logan
- east haven, Connecticut

March 30, 2014

A. Mr. Clean sponge and Wright's Silver Cream! Works like a charm! I had several silver dishes accidentally get put in bleach water. They all came out blotchy & cloudy. Now they are good as new! I tried the toothpaste trick and it didn't work. I tried the regular sponge that comes in the Wright's Cream and it didn't work. Then I decided to try the silver cream with a Mr Clean sponge and it all polished right up. You do have to add a little elbow grease, but not too much more than what you have to do when a piece is badly tarnished.

Lisa Andrews
- Birmingham, Alabama, USA

March 6, 2015

thumbsup2A guest unwittingly put some silver-platad spoons into some weak bleach but the toothpaste remedy worked a treat.

David Sibbald
- Colyton,Devon, UK

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