Proper care for good sil­ver­ware

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - ALBANY COUNTY - HINTS FROM HELOISE ▶

DEAR READ­ERS: With the hol­i­days com­ing soon, you may be hold­ing fam­ily gath­er­ings and get­ting out the good sil­ver­ware for those par­ties. Use these hints when wash­ing.

Clean ster­ling sil­ver­ware by hand in hot, soapy wa­ter. Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth. You also can put it into the dish­washer, but if the ster­ling sil­ver is old or valu­able, be cau­tious be­cause the de­ter­gent could dis­color it with long-term use. Never put hol­low-han­dled pieces into the dish­washer. If you have sil­ver-plate, you can put it into the dish­washer, but re­move be­fore the dry­ing cy­cle and dry with a soft towel. Never place sil­ver­ware pieces next to stain­less-steel f lat­ware in the same bas­ket in the dish­washer. Over time, this can re­move the sil­ver.

DEAR HELOISE: With the up­com­ing hol­i­day events, I will have to wrap a large num­ber of presents for my ex­tended fam­ily. Wrap­ping paper is so ex­pen­sive. Do you have any ideas for me to re­use stuff I have in my house?

— Deb­o­rah from Michi­gan DEAR DEB­O­RAH: Rip out the sheets from un­used col­or­ing books or school art­work to wrap gifts for rel­a­tives. Save the color comics pages from the news­pa­per for chil­dren’s presents. Re­pur­pose a scarf that you are no longer us­ing for a girl­friend’s gift. Wrap pack­ages with large pretty scraps of left­over fab­ric.

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