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topic 43774

Restoring Bleach Damaged Silver

A discussion started in 2007 but continuing through 2018


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

thumbs up signThank you guys. The wife would have killed me...

Sgt Tomas Mikul
- Boston, Massachusetts

May 20, 2009

Six 6.2 oz. tubes of Crest

thumbs up signThanks 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

August 23, 2012

A. I had a beautiful silver ring ruined by bleach. I used toothpaste (preferably blue), rubbed it with a toothbrush for 3 minutes, and then cleaned it silver cloth -- and voila good as new!

mirna perrin
- Jamaica, New York

March 6, 2014

Five 8-oz tubes of Colgate

thumbs up signWell 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

thumbs up signI 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

Wright's Silver Cream
(pack of 3)

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

thumbs up signA guest unwittingly put some silver-plated spoons into some weak bleach but the toothpaste remedy worked a treat.

David Sibbald
- Colyton,Devon, UK

May 16, 2015

A. Silverware Re-polishing.
I have a banquet facility and one of my staff persons put bleach in a pan with lots of stainless steel silverware. It immediately turned black. I thought it was ruined forever. But another staff person took the silverware and put them in a pan of vinegar. He then rubbed each piece with wool pad (no soap). The silverware is absolutely repaired and can be used daily again.

Dr. E. McD. Wortham
Palladium Caterers - Baltimore, Maryland USA

June 8, 2015

thumbs up signThanks for the toothpaste advice; worked like a miracle, inexpensive and handy.

Rosemarie lugayalugay
- Berwyn Illinois USA

September 10, 2015

A. Real silver can be kind of restored with a mix of:
hot water toothpaste and dish soap, it worked a little for me.

cristian ramirez
- Woodburn, Oregon

February 27, 2016

Q. I have a silver ring with a stone that I got in Ireland, with a stone from bc. And I got bleach on it. Please help me restore it back to its original.

danielle salazar
- sarasota florida united states

February 29, 2016

thumbs up sign THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE TOOTH PASTE IDEA. I dropped my best friend's and I's bracelet in bleach and the Toooth paste accurately worked. It took me about ten minutes to clean the whole bracelet but it was totally worth it. Thank you so very much for that idea.

Esther Fleeson
- Custer, Wisconsin

March 10, 2016

A. I bleached some of my white shoes and I didn't realize bleach would ruin my two silver rings, one of them an antique! This toothpaste trick worked like a charm on my band and on the intricate antique ring, thanks!

Shannon Parcher
- Lakeville, Minnesota

March 14, 2016

thumbs up sign Oh my gosh! This was so HELPFUL! ... I thought I RUINED my silver wedding ring after I used bleach while cleaning some bathrooms and it looked like destroyed metal -- grey and splotchy -- and I was very discouraged. Then I read to use TOOTHPASTE and rub for a minute ... I got my Toms Toothpaste and began rubbing, in less than 45 seconds my ring is shining, glistening, beautiful, like it hasn't been in years!! TOOTHPASTE ABSOLUTELY WORKS!

Jonathan Palma
- Kailua Kona, Hawaii

March 26, 2016

thumbs up sign  Wow, I was fretting over this all afternoon. I got straight chlorine on my silver ring and it turned black. I scrubbed with dish soap but it did nothing. I thought I was doomed to a black ring. But I tried the toothpaste, which I usually use to clean my diamond ring, and it worked. Looks like new. Thank you!

Lucy Carlson
- Venice, Florida

March 30, 2016

thumbsdown Without thinking (obviously), I washed my outdoor table with bleach. It has blackened my rings. I tried the toothpaste (as I always do) but it didn't work.

juanita severson
- Lowerlake, California

June 24, 2016

thumbs up signWow... Thanks for the toothpaste advice, it just restored my wife's ring which fell in bleach.

Solomon Tawiah
- Tema, Ghana

August 2, 2016

thumbs up signTHANK 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 6, 2017


- SHARPSBURG, North Carolina, USA

August 20, 2017

Q. I unfortunately put my rings in silver cleaner & got busy with the kids needless to say the rings are super dull & look completely ruined..
Gonna try the toothpaste however any other suggestions?

Stephani Viars
A beautiful you - Corona, California

August 23, 2016

thumbs up signDamaged my ring cleaning a bathroom wall with neat bleach.
Found your answer about toothpaste - worked a treat.
Thank you.

Al pearce
- Shropshire, U.K.

August 24, 2016

thumbs up signSo 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.

Amanda Cross
- 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

thumbs up signToothpaste 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

thumbs up signI 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

April 17, 2017

Q. I've just cleaned my pandora bracelet & rings in silver jewellery cleaner. Come to take them out and they are white!! Please can somebody help me!!

Beth jones
- Salford, Lancashire, England

May 21, 2017

thumbs up sign Thought I had destroyed my Pandora bracelet and charms with a silver bath cleaner ... busily restoring them right now with toothpaste!! THANK YOU!!

Brenda Harkin
- New Zealand

May 25, 2017

thumbs up sign Just googled "restore damaged silver" and immediately tried the toothpaste, and abrakabam -- my chain and bracelet with pendant all restored like new -- thank you sooo much.

faranaaz Scala
- cape town, western Cape, south Africa

July 29, 2017

Q. I have a sterling silver rope bracelet that is badly tarnished. I also forgot to take my sterling ring off before using bleach. I like the toothpaste idea, but wonder about the rope. will it get in the grooves? also the ring spells out "MOM", so there is detail. I'm thinking maybe a toothbrush? any other ideas to get into the crevices?

Renee Terry
- Owensboro Kentucky USA

3M Silver Protector Strips

July 31, 2017

A. I have been trying to melt silver myself from removing silver plate from silverware. I seen the worst of burning and tarnish. This method may seem odd but it works great...

Take a boiling pan of water add baking soda a good little handful. Bring it to a boil, take some aluminum foil, wrap your silver in the aluminum foil. Make sure the silver is touching the aluminum foil decently while wrapped in it, drop the aluminum foil with the silver into the boiling water. You could turn the heat off at this point; let the aluminum foil and silver sit in the boiling water.

The baking soda acts as a salt bridge between the silver and the aluminum. You'll notice that the aluminum foil will start turning black because it's now receiving the tarnish and pulling it off of the silver. Let it sit there for 15 to 20 minutes, pull out the Silver. Almost all the way clean, a little rubbing at that point with a rag and toothpaste will make it superior bright. This works good on jewelry that's hard to reach with the toothpaste alone such as necklaces and different items. If it doesn't work the first time try it again, I can just about guarantee it to work and you'll be very happy with the results.

Sam Ruiz
- Anaheim California united states

Ed. note: Yes, this will work, and many other readers have noted their success with it on letter 4785 and other threads.

August 16, 2017

thumbs up sign Just wanted to say thank you for the comment to use tooth paste, my ring was black after leaving on while bleaching and it is now gleaming and back to how it was and is intact & gleaming.

Jessica Holland
- United Kingdom

August 17, 2017

thumbs up sign MIRACLE! Toothpaste and Mr. Clean eraser. The eraser has a little bit more grip than a cloth and it worked fast and easy. a few moderate rubs and ALL GONE!!

Patty Proutey
Journey 4 Josh - Wilmington, North Carolina USA

August 27, 2017

thumbs up sign A while ago, I accidentally had on my sterling silver Pandora bracelet on while cleaning the bathroom and bleach saturated in my bracelet. So after reading thee posts this morning, I decided to go home and try the toothpaste challenge. Yes. It works! I can see my bracelet shining from across the room. Thanks!

Proctor General
- Atlanta, Georgia

September 1, 2017

I have a sterling silver ring I wear daily. It's not terribly valuable, but was the first Christmas gift I got from my now husband so has a good deal of sentimental value. I nearly cried when I saw how black it had turned after bleaching some towels.

Then I found this thread, ran to the bathroom and just rubbed with my fingers and toothpaste. VOILA! cleaner than before!

Now my hubby doesn't have to know I nearly ruined the precious gift.

Alicia V [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- Fullerton, California, USA

April 19, 2018

thumbs up sign A million thanks for the toothpaste idea!! My wedding ring is made of silver (neither of us likes gold) and though I've been using bleach (when it's unavoidable) since we got married almost 2 years ago, I've never had a problem before. Today my ring looked as black as anything. Your site was the first proper one giving a real response and solution! Thanks again and again!! (It took me about 30 secs to clean it with a toothpaste and a toothbrush as it has a lovely Trinity pattern engraved into it.) :)

Krisztina Rausch
- Freshwater, Isle of Wight, UK

May 21, 2018

thumbs up sign The toothpaste worked GREAT!!

Louise Herman
- Riverton, Utah

Pandora jewelry turned white

May 28, 2018

Q. My Pandora has turned white after putting it in silver cleaner. How do I fix this?

Dianne L [last name deleted for privacy by Editor]
- San Diego California

June 3, 2018

A. Anyone who says the toothpaste trick doesn't work, think again, it's not a trick; this is as true and real as a jeweller cleaning your jewellery. I've been using toothpaste to clean my silver for years and it never fails, I've damaged my ring with bleach and the toothpaste cleaned it beautifully, I used the toothpaste twice because of the shape of the ring but now it's shiny and beautiful again. Even on that antique road show program their advice is to clean with toothpaste and rinse properly.

Andrea Simms
- Peckham London

June 29, 2018

thumbs up sign Thought I'd destroyed my pure silver wedding band -- Mrs. looked aghast at the state of it.
Didn't realise bleach acted this way with silver.

Thankfully the toothpaste trick worked.
Whoever came up with this saved my life.

k shad
- glasgow, scotland

July 17, 2018

thumbs up sign  I had to take my beloved Dad back to his homeland in Ireland after he sadly passed away this March. I bought a beautiful Irish claddagh ring to commemorate this occasion and it meant so much to me. I bleached a white top in the sink plunged my hands in an was horrified ten minutes later when i looked down at my ring. It was patchy black an looked dull. I thought it was ruined. I was gutted. Thanks to all the people on here suggesting rubbing with tooth paste, my ring is restored back to its shiny beautiful condition. I'm so happy. Thank you. Tooth paste most definitely works wonders.

Debbie McFarlane
Lincoln, Lincolnshire uk

August 22, 2018

heart sign I own a Tiffany necklace for over 20 years; it was a gift so it means a lot to me. Was a gift for my daughters ... I dropped it in a bleach container that I had in the counter by accident and did not look good. Then I almost cried thinking I was not going to get it back to the normal color. But thank you for your posts -- got it back to normal so just want to say thank you, thank you so much ... I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.

Maria spreadbury
- Kingsport Tennessee

September 7, 2018

thumbs up sign  Toothpaste works great, especially if you use a white or blue toothpaste with BAKING SODA! I made the mistake of trying to clean my Sterling silver Cuban link chain, and it turned this nasty dark color. I just covered it in the toothpaste, scrubbed with a sponge and water. Repeated this a few times and the chain's shining like a diamond!

Darrien Di Angelo
- Stockton California

September 14, 2018

heart sign TOOTHPASTE! wow, who would have thought?! thanks

Lois Burville-Ward
- Alicante, Spain

October 19, 2018

A. MAGIC CLEAN ERASER 100% did the job! I got Clorox on a ring and it took it right back to sparkly clean :)

Emily Pennington
- Maryland, USA

November 14, 2018

thumbs up sign  Toothpaste did the trick!!!! Thanks for that quick and cheap method

Natalie Perry
- Johannesburg, South Africa

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