The 8 Best Silver Polishes of 2021

Make your silverware, serving dishes, and jewelry look like new.

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Our Top Picks
"The non-scratch formula leaves behind a protective film that protects against scrapes and prevents tarnish from reforming."
"Though application takes a bit longer, this paste can be scrubbed into hard-to-reach crevices to get an even shine."
"This unique formula makes polishing utensils surprisingly easy—just a dip into the solution and a quick rinse and you're done."
"Simply use a wet sponge to wipe the polish on, buff until the tarnish then wipe it off with clean, damp or dry cloth."
"Cloths are very convenient for both quick jobs and regular maintenance, as there's no liquid or creams involved involved."
"These pre-soaked wipes are hardworking and don't leave any residue in their wake, making them a great option for a quick clean."
"Castile soap goes a long way to treat tarnished silver—just a few drops in some water can help get rid of light tarnishing."
"When used alongside polish, foam, or paste, these brushes give a thorough clean without scratching the surface of your silver."

Best Overall: Weiman Silver Polish and Cleaner


Just a quick polish with this cleaner lifts tarnish and grime to rejuvenate dull pieces and restore brilliant luster. This particular pick stands out from the competition because it goes the distance, keeping polished silver cleaner and shinier for longer. 

Use it on just about any silver you own. Because the anti-tarnish formula is ammonia-free, it’s safe to use on a wider range of items, including more delicate pieces like jewelry with diamonds and gemstones. You don’t have to worry about scratches either: The non-scratch formula leaves behind a protective film that prevents scrapes and keeps tarnish from reforming.

Best for Jewelry: Wright's Silver Cleaner and Polish Cream

Though paste tends to take a little bit of extra time to apply, it’s a worthy option for silver polish, because its thickness means it can be scrubbed into tight corners and crevices that can otherwise be hard to reach with runnier formulas. 

Simply apply this hardworking, non-scratch paste with a sponge or a rag (you can also use a silver cleaning brush to get into all of those aforementioned tricky places), then give it a quick rinse to fully remove polish, leaving behind a beautiful, bright silver shine. Like other formulas, this one is anti-tarnish to keep that coveted luster longer, whether you're cleaning jewelry or dinnerware.

Best for Silverware: W. J. Hagerty Hagerty Flatware Silver Dip

When you have dozens of utensils to polish, there’s something to be said for the convenience of this silver dip. Rather than laboriously lathering and scrubbing each fork, spoon, and knife, you simply dunk each utensil into the jar. A handy basket keeps everything mess-free and contained, and lets you dip a few pieces at a time for faster cleaning. All you need to do is dip, rinse, and wipe each pice clean with a soft cloth. Like magic, a full set of silverware and holloware will be shiny and new in no time.

If there’s any downside, it’s that the product isn’t as versatile as some of the others. It’s truly meant for small dining pieces, and can only be used on products that can be dipped.

Best for Dishes: W. J. Hagerty Silversmiths' Silver Wash

This type of silver polish is ideal for serving pieces like bowls, trays, and cutlery. Just use a wet sponge to wipe the polish on, then wipe it off with a soft, dry cloth. This process makes quick work of a typically laborious job. Simply take everything over to the sink and treat the process as you would regular hand-washing.

A big bonus of this method is that all residue rinses off, reducing the amount of black tarnish buildup that's caused by left-behind residue. Just be careful not to use this wash on items that can’t get wet—like wood-handled trays—or items with small crevices where water can get trapped.

Best Cloth: Mayflower Products Pro Size Polishing Cloth

While cloths do require more elbow grease than other options—especially if your item is heavily tarnished—they are very convenient for quick jobs and regular maintenance, since there’s no water or messy creams and liquids involved. 

These super-soft, 100 percent cotton cloths won’t scratch silver or precious stones, so they are safe to use on 14- and 18-karat gold, silver, and platinum jewelry, coins, and other silver valuables, including clocks, vases, candlesticks, cutlery, and more. 

It’s a simple, two step process: Use the white cloth with embedded cleaning ingredients to polish, then buff with the untreated gray flannel cloth for a shiny, brilliant finish.  The extra-large size of this particular cloth makes it suitable for both small and large items, plus affords you longer before you have to replace it.

Best Wipes: Simple Shine. Silver Cleaning Wipes, 30 Count

The only thing more convenient than a quick swipe with a silver cleaning cloth is a quick swipe with a silver cleaning wipe. These wet wipes have just a little extra oomph to cut through tarnish, making them a tad more preferable for jobs that require a little more than regular maintenance.

The pretreated wipes are hardworking, but gentle enough for use on a wide range of silver items, including (but not limited to) plates and flatware, coins, platters, antiques, jewelry, frames, and more. You don’t worry about leaving any lint behind, either. These soft cotton cloths don’t leave any residue in their wake, so they're great when you just need a quick clean.

Best Gentle: Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Liquid Soap

Dr Bronner's

For lightly tarnished silver—think jewelry and cutlery—a little bit of Castile soap goes a long way. And it’s a great gentle cleaning option for anyone looking to ditch harsher chemicals.

Simply fill a bowl or basin with warm water and a few drops of Castile soap, then let your jewelry or cutlery soak. For stubborn spots, gently scrub with a silver polish brush or a soft-bristled toothbrush. Note: Consult a jeweler if you have any questions about what pieces can (and cannot) soak in water. In general, you should not soak pearls and other porous stones like opals or turquoise.

Best Brush: Simple Shine. Horsehair Silver Brush Set

Sometimes silver needs a really good scrubbing to tackle all of the tarnish and patina. But you have to be extremely careful, as precious metals, like silver, can scratch if you use anything too abrasive. To avoid irreparable damage, make sure to use a product made specifically for the job—like a cleaning cloth or a silver brush.

This set of two brushes is made of 100 percent horsehair—a super soft hair that won’t scratch or damage silver. Use it in tandem with polish, foam, or paste to give your silver valuables a deeper clean and to get into any small nooks and crannies. 

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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of cleaning stories for a wide range of women's lifestyle publications. She regularly uses cleaning cloths and jewelry cleaners to keep her own silver jewelry sparkling between wears. 

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