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How to Fix Sterling Silver Tarnished by Bleach?

August 6, 2017

I accidentally left my sterling silver and some plated, in bleach to clean them. I forgot to get them out. After more than an hour, I went to get them and they are very tarnished.

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What do I need to do to restore them back to their beautiful state again?

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August 6, 20175 found this helpful
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There is a simple solution to clean your tarnished silverware. In a pot on your stove, add 1 liter of water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of aluminum foil to the pot. Bring to a boil and drop the silverware in the post. Let it stay in the post for 10 seconds, if your silverware is very tarnished leave it in the pot a little longer. Remove the silverware from the pot using a pair of tongs. If the silverware tarnish is extremely built-up you will need to make a paste out of baking soda. The paste is ¼ cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water. Clean the silverware using the paste.

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April 9, 2018

I'm so stupid. I have 4 rings all are sterling silver. I'm heartbroken. I put them in denture cleaner. I thought it would clean them good.

Are they ruined" It was my mother's ring that my sons got me. my wedding set, and my Christmas present from my husband. Omg

Sterling Silver Ring Discolored by Denture Cleaner
 

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April 9, 20180 found this helpful
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Try to clean your sterling silver jewerly with natural solutions like mild soap and warm water, that works for me along with a polishing cloth.

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May 20, 2019

I was cleaning and got bleach all over my silver rings and bracelet. I don't know what to do how do I fix it?


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Diamond Post Medal for All Time! 1,298 Posts
May 20, 20191 found this helpful

If it's real Sterling Silver you can restore it.

A little bit of toothpaste and rub. Then wash off, dry completely & use a polishing cloth.

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Here are some other options you could try out: www.finishing.com/.../74.shtml

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Gold Post Medal for All Time! 677 Posts
May 20, 20190 found this helpful

Use Guardsman silver polish.

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Bronze Feedback Medal for All Time! 196 Feedbacks
June 17, 20190 found this helpful

Silver polish works to fix bleach to remove the stains.

Post back if you tried toothpaste and if it worked. Silver polish is expensive and I am always looking for solutions with things I already have at home!

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Thanks!! Blessings!

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July 7, 20193 found this helpful

I ruined my silver ring this 4th of July weekend, i just bought 3wks ago, cleaning lawn tables with soapy bleach water and wanted to cry. Did the intenet search like everyone else, saw on a different site to use toothpaste. IT WORKS, IT WORKS. I did it 20 min ago. I used what I have to brush my teeth daily. I have the mint paste gel whitening with baking soda and peroxide by Colgate. I rubbed vigorously with just my fingers and in less then 5 min the tarnish/black stared coming off. I took a 2 square piece of toilet tissue and rubbed off the toothpaste and it was shiny and new again. I did it a 2nd time for good measure, not as long though. Rinsed it off with a dab of soap & warm water NO BLEACH, lol. It's sparkling again.

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September 2, 20190 found this helpful

Yes it did work use Tooth paste and and old tooth brush and scrub

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September 4, 20191 found this helpful

The tooth paste DOES work! I was so disgusted when I looked down and saw my ring was tarnished. I just tried the tooth paste and it is silver again! Thank you so much!

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September 9, 20190 found this helpful

It works! Thanks for the info!

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September 10, 20190 found this helpful

Woo Hoo!!! Thanks for posting back!

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September 10, 20190 found this helpful

Yay!! So glad you got it fixed!! Thanks for posting!

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February 5, 20200 found this helpful

I used toothpaste and it worked! Thank you so much!

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April 25, 20200 found this helpful

Oh my gosh! Thank you all SOOO much for the toothpaste trick! I forgot to take my silver rings off before cleaning with bleach and was devastated to see them after.

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I used a q-tip to apply the toothpaste then the tissue after and it worked like a charm! My rings are beautiful and shiny again. Thank you!

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Anonymous
June 11, 20200 found this helpful

It definitely works , I was going to throw my ring out and I said I will give it a try . Turned out just like new again . Thank you

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June 17, 20200 found this helpful

I put toothpaste on my ring and scrubbed with my fingers and the bleach stains came off in seconds!!!

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July 21, 20200 found this helpful

This happened to my Rings after using bleach. I used the toothpaste method with a Electric brush. It really brought back the shine. Thank goodness I found this site. Thank you.

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July 27, 20200 found this helpful

No, the toothpaste did not work on my heavy silver bracelets.... BUT I then remembered what the silversmith/designer said to do.....

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Baking soda, a piece of aluminum foil in a pot of hot water, put jewelry in for 10 seconds then remove. THIS WORKS 100%!!

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November 24, 20200 found this helpful

Toothpaste worked on my sterling silver wedding ring that I thought I ruined when I got bleach on it!!!

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Anonymous
April 24, 20210 found this helpful

Have just cleaned my sliver rings with toothpaste and it has worked.

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June 27, 20210 found this helpful

Feared the worst but the Colgate toothpaste worked a treat and my bracelet is sparkling again. Cant thank you enough for this post.

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August 2, 20210 found this helpful

I was amazed at how effective toothpaste was after my silver fork had been placed, by mistake, in bleach. Took a bit of effort but was sucessful, just finished it off with silver polish.

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