I shocked a lot of people when I stated that I use my sterling silver flatware every day. But that wasn’t the most shocking part. Guess how I clean it every day?
A few years ago I shared this photo of my sterling silver flatware on my blog. I casually mentioned how often I use my sterling silver flatware, along with my silverplate flatware. Apparently, I shocked a lot of people when I admitted that I use my sterling silver flatware all of the time. Contrary to most, I use my silver every single day.
This is my silverware drawer. It has a combination of sterling silver and silverplate.
This drawer holds my sterling silver (Wallace Rose Point) and my Vintage silver plate (Rogers Bros. Vintage). It also has some of my mom’s sterling silver flatware. If any of you recognize the silver pattern, please let me know. I love all three of these patterns so much that I cannot imagine only using them for special occasions. That is why I use them every day.
And the most shocking part? I put the sterling silver flatware in the dishwasher. All of the time.
I know, right now some of you are following me. But wait! Read a bit more.
My grandmother would be shocked and for sure take back all of the silver I own. Some may call me foolish but I think it’s too pretty not to enjoy all of the time. And even though I put it in the dishwasher, it still looks as good as the day I got it. Of course, this does not mean that I can guarantee the dishwasher won’t harm your silver. But for me, after thirty years, it still looks perfect.
For the engagement party, we hosted almost two years ago summer, I had enough silver and silverplate flatware to serve 65 people.
I love nice flatware. I also combine all of the patterns I own when I set a table. I never even try to make it match!
And sometimes, it accidentally matches.
And yes, I even use my sterling silver at breakfast and in my coffee every morning.
Some may call me foolish but I think sterling silver too pretty not to enjoy all of the time. And even though I put it in the dishwasher, it still looks as good as the day I got it. Of course, this does not mean that I can guarantee the dishwasher won’t harm your silver. But for me, after thirty years, it still looks perfect.
My friends at Today.com said, “Surprisingly, silver and silver-plated flatware can be washed in the dishwasher, with a few caveats. Make sure to use a detergent that does NOT contain lemon or other citric acids, or it could damage the metal.”
The most important message you should take from this blog post is that you should take your silver out of the lined wooden chest and use it! You can still hand wash it but use it. It’s too beautiful no to use it more often.
So what happened when I posted this idea last time?
Lots of people pulled out their silver and started using it again! And that makes me very happy.