I found a stash of silver-plate tableware at a local antique store for a killer price. I have plans! But first, before I bring home forty pieces of silver-plated tableware, a test. 

These are my mom’s silver plate serving pieces. I have been using them tarnished, as they were when I brought them home. But my project idea sent me searching for an economical and easy way to clean the tarnish. I found this recipe on hillbilly housewifeThe girls and I tested it out.

Ingredients:

Tarnished silver plated tableware
Foil-lined pan, shiny side up
Glass baking dish
Boiling water
Baking soda
An open window
Method:

1. Line the baking dish with foil, shiny side up and fill with silverplate.
2. Boil water and poor into dish, covering over the tips of all the pieces.
3. Sprinkle baking soda on top. This is the stinky part. Really. Open a window or be ready to sprint for the porch.  
4. Wait 10-15 minutes. 
5. Wash in warm soapy water and polish with a soft cloth.
While the results are not perfect, and maybe we could have done better with a store-bought polish and LOTS of time polishing, I prefer the well-loved vintage look and we did it in record time with very little mess and with items from the pantry. 

Now about that antique store and their stash of old silverware…

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