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How to Clean a Silver Tray

Oftentimes, before you can use a silver serving tray you need to give it a good polish. The fact is, items made from silver tarnish easily, and most people use their silver items so infrequently that tarnish must be removed before each use.

You can spot clean a silver tray with toothpaste.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dish soap

Oftentimes, before you can use a silver serving tray you need to give it a good polish.  The fact is, items made from silver tarnish easily, and most people use their silver items so infrequently that tarnish must be removed before each use. Fortunately, you don't need to buy expensive silver polish to give a silver tray a good shine; silver can be cleaned with a little elbow grease and a few items from your cupboards. 

  1. Spot clean smaller tarnished areas with toothpaste. Dab a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto the tarnished area of the tray and use your finger to rub it in. Rub in a circular motion, moving outward to cover the tarnished area.
  2. Let the toothpaste sit on the tarnished spot for about five minutes. Wash the toothpaste off the silver tray with warm soapy water, rinse it clean and dry it with a soft cloth.
  3. Measure two tbsp. of baking soda and put it in a mixing bowl. Add water in slowly and mix with the baking soda until you have a paste.
  4. Apply the baking soda paste to any areas of the tray that are still tarnished. Use a clean sponge that has been wet with water and wrung out to apply the baking soda paste. Rub the paste into the tarnished tray in a circular motion, moving outward to cover the entire tarnished area.
  5. Allow the baking soda to sit on the tarnished tray for an hour before you rinse it clean. Use hot soapy water to wash the tray, rinse it with hot water and polish it dry with a soft cloth.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Toothpaste
  • Sponge
  • Soft cloths
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • Dish soap

About the Author

Hillary Marshall has been writing professionally since 2006. Before writing instructional articles online, she worked as a copywriter and has been published in "Ideal Living" "Sass" "Science Edge" and "Shopping Cents" magazines along with countless websites including Gadling a blog by the Huffington post. Marshall studied early childhood education at the Stratford Career Institute.

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