I have silverware from my mother-in-law. It is approximately 50 years old, and it has an odor of what I believe is silver polish. I have soaked the flatware and scrubbed it with an electric toothbrush without success. The odor is so over-powering we can't eat with them. Any ideas about how to get rid of the odor?
Thanks so much for your response. The flatware is sterling. I tried the vinegar and water wash (actually scrub!!), but it had very little effect. Out of desperation, I used a baking soda wash--I know, baking soda is dreadful for sterling, but it was that or dispose of the set. The baking soda soak did the trick.