The fabulous blog Design*Sponge recently wrote an all-encompassing post about forks: “past and present: history of the fork + collecting & care.” The history of the fork is fascinating — using forks was once considered immoral! — but I specifically liked the advice on how to care for silver:
“Wouldn’t you know it, the simplest way worked the best! Use water and baking soda to make a paste, rub that paste on the silver with a soft cloth. Rub it into the silver until it looks clean, then rinse and polish dry! … Once your silver is clean, the best way to keep it looking great is to use it often. After use, wash in warm soapy water and polish dry! (don’t put it through the dishwasher and don’t soak [it] too long)
Enemies of Silver
- Rubber (don’t use rubber gloves or set silver on rubber mats!)
- Table salt
- Salad Dressing
- Fruit Juices
Be sure to check out the article and learn all about forks!