Friday, April 2, 2010

Green nontoxic silver and CD cleaner

My One Green Thing Today: Cleaned deep dark tarnish off Civil-War-era silver with old toothpaste, and repaired a beloved but lightly scratched jazz CD. Silver filled the cracks, and I smoothed with a soft cloth. Now the antique is sumptuous and bright, Bill Evans Trio plays uninterrupted, and there was no trauma to my respiratory tract or skin from solvent fumes or corrosive ingredients.

For more info on corrosive metal polishes, see Washington Toxics Coalition,

1 comment:

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Mindy- Nice! I assume you were able to hear that music again!

But when you say "Silver filled the cracks" - what was the silver? Was there a silver compound in the CD that was redistributed by the abrasive action of the toothpaste into the cracks of the CD?

Or did you use the old blackened toothpaste from your earlier tarnish cleaning, which had silver compounds in it?


EcoHappily and Stylishly Yours,