Here is a non-toxic way to clean your trophies and silver pieces.
This is terrific for cleaning a lot of silver quickly through a simple chemical reaction that removes the dark patina --even from crevices -- so it might be unsuitable for intricate designs.
1 large glass baking pan
1/2 cup baking soda
Boil enough water to fill the baking pan. Meanwhile, line the baking pan with aluminum foil. Place the silver to be cleaned in the pan. It is important that the silver touch the foil. Distribute 1/2 cup if baking soda over the silver, then completely immerse the silver with the boiling water. Soak for about 5 minutes. Rinse and dry the silver
Silver Polishing Paste
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup water
Place the baking soda in a nonreactive glass container. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix well. If the paste is too stiff, add more water. Lightly dampen a soft cotton cloth and work a generous amount of paste onto the surface. Rub the tarnished area, then rinse and dry.
Reprinted from Natural Home and Garden Magazine. Nov/Dec 2005. www.NaturalHomeandGarden.com