Silverware polish is on our list of the Terrible Ten home cleaning products, including drain cleaners, over cleaners, toilet cleaners, spot removers, furniture polishes, cleansers and powdered cleaners, window cleaners, bleach and liquid cleaners. Here's a more eco-friendly polish that will take the tarnish off of Grandma's silverware: Pour a little salt onto a soft cloth and gently rub the pieces. Then wash the silverware by hand with dish soap and warm water. Carefully dry each piece. Sterling silver can be cleaned with a paste of 2 tablespoons salt and 1/2 cup vinegar. Gently rub in the paste, then rinse and dry thoroughly. You can also substitute cream of tartar for the salt in this method.