My Everyday Silverware

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I shocked a lot of people when I mentioned I used my sterling silver flatware every day. But that wasn’t the most shocking part.

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. Every single day. And yet, I shocked a lot of people when I shared how I clean it.

Sterlng Silver Flatware
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Sterling Silver Flatware Drawer

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.

sterling silver patterns

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 UNfollowing 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, my silver still looks perfect.

sterling silver flatware

For the engagement party, we hosted almost two years ago summer, I had enough silver and silverplate flatware to serve 65 people. 

(Every time I share this photo someone comments that the silver isn’t aligned. We were so rushed that my boys set the table for me. So I honestly didn’t even notice or even care! I was just thankful for the help!)

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Mixing Flatware

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! 

If you look closely at the table below, you can see none of the silverware matches!

A fall table set in the dining room with pink and copper accents.

To be honest, when I reach into the silver drawer, I just grab the flatware. I don’t ever even think to try to match it.

However, sometimes it accidentally matches. 

Sterling Silver on Thanksgiving

And yes, I even use my sterling silver at breakfast and in my coffee every morning.

sterling silver at breakfast

Sterling Silver in the Dishwasher?

Some may call me foolish but I think sterling silver is 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 many years, it still looks perfect.

Sterling Silver in the Dishwasher

My friends at 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.”

A summer table set with off white dishes, amber and clear glassware, and fresh pink and white flowers in an oval ceramic vase.

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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 not 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! I received so many comments. And that makes me very happy.

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  1. I have decided to so this with my mother’s silver. To test it out I just washed a few pieces in the dishwasher. It came out beautifully, BUT the smell of musty silver is still there so none of us can eat with it. Before I give up, is there something I can do to get rid of the smell so I can use these???!!!

    1. I use my sterling silver everyday as well. It has been through 3 generations. I too have put them on the dishwasher for yrs and so did my mother-in-law. Sure Nana did not, doubt she had a dishwasher. Not sure the heat from the drying is the best option so have been hand washing , and my husband dries. We also use our china for dinner and even tho it is dishwasher safe I hand wash as well. I recently purchased Rose Point silver on ebay (new unused) the couple had it for 28 yrs and said never had an occasion to use it. Why have it if you don’t use it. So currently have Steiff Rose (family silver both sides) Reed and Barton 18th Century and latest addition Wallace Rose Point. Dining should be about the experience not just eating. Enjoy what you have, can’t take it with us.

  2. I just moved our silver flatware out of storage into the regular dining room drawers. Wife is sure she wants to use it (feels weird to her) but I convinced to try using the silver for a month. We have pattern Carillon by Lunt silver. We didn’t inherit it but it is the same pattern my parents had and Iove.

  3. Using sterling and silverplate silverware every day is a pleasure, and I never tire of seeing the unique luster and beautiful patterns which are not available available in stainless steel. I do have it professionally polished a couple of times available year, but it is well worth it!

  4. What do u do with German silver plated cutlery which has hardly been used n has no lustre.. can it be polished or plated.. I live in Mumbai..

  5. Your forks are
    Silverplate, 1847 Rogers, Grapes
    Pattern: Vintage (Silverplate, 1904) by International Silver
    Best regards

  6. I was told years ago not to put silver or silverplate in the dishwasher. My sister-in-law has said that she lost the finish off her silverplate by washing it every day in the dishwasher. Also heard it was true if have fine china with gold or silver on it. I wouldn’t do it on vintage china either. If you want to identify pattern use Google by taking a picture with the camera icon on the google bottom and it will bring up all patterns listed on google that look like it. If that doesn’t work turn your silverware over and take a picture of the icons on the back of the silverware or use the microphone icon on the google button and read the information in. Google will give you examples that way. Hope this helps.

  7. I’ve recently got into making traditional chai tea which I love. I’ve now had my eye on an antique sterling silver creamer and sugar bowl set that would go very well with my ritual. I would love to use it regularly and wonder if I can do this without having to empty the creamer and sugar bowl every single time as this would get tedious as I drink it several times a day some days and would kinda of like making it my go to…Visual presentation for oneself is just as important and enjoyable.

  8. I would love to use my silver everyday, and wash it in the dishwasher. I can’t find detergent that does not contain lemon or citric acids. Can you make any suggestions?

      1. I was using my silver daily and putting in dishwasher and it was constantly coming out with rust like spots. SWITCHED to CASCADE COMPLETE and comes out perfect every time!

  9. Always loved all kind of silver
    We use our sterling everyday. I have Kirk Steiff, Williamsburg Shell, vintage french silver plate set and english sterling silver fish set. I agree it is all too beautiful not to use. I hand wash

  10. I have my grandmothers Rogers Brothers Sterling I have an a little allergic reaction to stainless steel on my hands therefore I decided to get nannies sterling silver for every day use problem solved Love it loved her ❤️I’m 70 years old—- you do the math 😁

    1. I too enjoy using my silver plate flatware every day and sometimes put it in the dishwasher. The damage I have had is when the dishwasher drys extremely hot. Normal drying heat works fine though.

  11. I know this is an older post but I want to let you know that it helped me FINALLY go ahead and indulge myself with a long-held bucket list – investing in a full 8-place set of genuine Gorham silver flatware (Chantilly from 1895!). Being able to use it every day (whether I dishwash or handwash) is a liberating feeling, thank you!!

  12. i agree USE IT! My grandmother gave me a set that sat in my attic for years. When I remodeled our kitchen I brought out all of the items she passed on to me and I use them. Etched glass juice glasses, etched glass silver bottom dessert bowls and her silverwear. All of these items had once belonged to her mother, my great grandmother. They are too beautiful to sit in a box. I hand wash everything ,even though I have a dishwasher. I enjoy watching the birds and the beautiful view outside my window so I always handwash. I’m enjoying your blog immensely♥️🌹

  13. I polish my silver plate but am always concerned about the polish being used on eating utensils. What’s a safe Polish? I don’t like the tarnished look,.

  14. Well I can back up what Leslie says, even at her art classes & workshops, she served us food at dinner using all her silverware! It’s beautiful just as she said, I helped with clean up, that silverware all went into the dishwasher! Came out sparkling clean.

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