How to Remove the Musty Smell From Silver Flatware

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Water

  • Cotton cloths

  • White vinegar

  • Pure vanilla extract

  • Envelop

Silver flatware can accumulate a musty smell if stored in or with certain materials for an extended time. This unpleasant odor can prevent you from using these attractive utensils. Forget the cheap forks and spoons. Pull out your fine silver flatware and use these tips to remove musty smells so you can serve your guests with class. With a few household items and a bit of time, you can restore your silver flatware to its original odorless glory.

Baking soda method

Step 1

Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water in a small dish.

Step 2

Apply the paste to your silver flatware with a soft cotton cloth. Rub the paste in using small, circular motions.

Step 3

Rinse the flatware in warm water, and dry it with a clean cotton cloth.

Vinegar method

Step 1

Dilute 6 tbsp. of white vinegar in 6 cups of water in a sauce pan. Heat the pan to a soft boil, then remove the pan from the heat.

Step 2

Place your flatware in the heated vinegar solution. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the flatware and dry it with a soft cotton cloth.

Vanilla method

Step 1

Soak a cotton ball in pure vanilla extract.

Step 2

Place the cotton ball in an unsealed envelope.

Step 3

Insert the envelope in the drawer or container where you keep your silver flatware. The vanilla will help absorb and mask the musty smell.