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Restoring Bleach Damaged Silverware
A discussion started in 2007 and continuing through 2017 . . .(2007)
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.
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 :)
- Boise, Idaho, USA
August 15, 2008
Thank you guys. The wife would have killed me...Sgt Tomas Mikul
- Boston, Massachusetts
May 20, 2009
Thanks 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.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
March 6, 2014
Well 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
I 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 awayrobin 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
A guest unwittingly put some silver-plated spoons into some weak bleach but the toothpaste remedy worked a treat.David Sibbald
- Colyton,Devon, UK
June 8, 2015
Thanks for the toothpaste advice; worked like a miracle, inexpensive and handyRosemarie lugayalugay
- Berwyn Illinois USA
June 24, 2016
Wow... Thanks for the toothpaste advice, it just restored my wife's ring which fell in bleach.Solomon Tawiah
- Tema, Ghana
August 2, 2016
THANK YOU!!! I was frantic. I didn't know bleach would do that to my rings. I had some toothpaste in my desk at work and it worked like a charm~!!!!!!Rayne Prescott
- minneapolis, Minnesota, usa
August 23, 2016
Damaged my ring cleaning a bathroom wall with neat bleach.
Found your answer about toothpaste - worked a treat.
- Shropshire, U.K.
August 24, 2016
So right now I'm a wreck because my husband is away for a couple months and I am missing him like crazy. Well, tonight I was pouring some bleach on a stain that was on my daughter's shirt and bleach seeped through to my hand. I didn't think anything of it but when I went to rinse my hand, I was horrified to see my rings black! I began sobbing and immediately googled what went wrong when I saw this site.
I went and got some toothpaste and begin polishing but saw no change. I was devastated but kept reading when I saw someone say they had to rub really hard. So I tried again et voila! Like magic my rings are completely restored. Now I'm crying of happiness. Thank you isn't strong enough of a phrase to exclaim my gratitude.
- Hot Springs, Arkansas USA
January 24, 2017
A. I had silver flatware discolored by bleach. I tried both Wright's silver cream and toothpaste applied with a Mr. Clean sponge, and would say the toothpaste worked slightly better than the silver cream. So I would recommend not going out to buy silver cream if you don't already have it on hand.Letitia Pepper
- Riverside California USA
January 30, 2017
Toothpaste worked great! Accidentally got bleach on my wedding band, was marbled with tarnish immediately. Googled and this site came up first. Since I had toothpaste readily available, I tried it first and it worked like a charm! THANKS!Robin Turnmire
- Rockford, Tennessee, USA
February 20, 2017
I received a beautiful ring from Tiffany's for my birthday about a month ago. While cleaning I poured bleach into my dish water and forgot to take off my ring. Of course it was a low strength of Clorox but it made my new ring look tarnished. I thought it was ruined. I found this site and tried the toothpaste solution and it has nearly restored my ring. It does take some effort but well with it. This saved me postage to send the ring to Tiffany and restoration fees for restoring it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.Elizabeth Taylor
- Albuquerque, New Mexico USA