|Before & After Silver Plate Grapefruit Spoons|
But, after many years of use and abuse, these spoons looked worse for the wear. They were always "everyday" spoons - kept in the same silverware drawer with stainless, and they were only Silver Plate - not expensive Sterling. But, they did have happy memories for me.
When I inherited them from my Mom, they had not been used in a long time, and had tarnished pretty badly. I wanted to polish them, but I didn't want to buy a commercial cleaner (expensive & chemical filled!), nor did I want to use the well-known aluminum foil method that would remove all the shadows and patina. I also didn't want something harsh that would polish away the old and damaged silver plate, and leave only the base metal!
I did an internet search, and discovered the super simple solution on more than one site:
Make a paste of baking soda and water (about the texture of hand lotion), and polish with a soft cloth!
So easy, so cheap, so delicate! I could polish just enough to remove the tarnish, but not remove the shadows, patina, or - most importantly - the silver plate! My little girl could help without any concerns of her getting exposed to dangerous chemicals, or damaging the silver.
Try it, you'll like it! : )