Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most rewarding. This is not one of those epic posts that will change your life…how to get rust spots off silverware isn’t a question that will keep you up at night. However, when I was working on a tablescape for my DIY Linen Napkin post, I nearly died when I saw nasty rust spots on my blue handled flatware. Every single knife was a mess. I knew I needed something with a bit of grit in it to remove the spots, but it couldn’t be abrasive. The first thing that came to mind was baking soda. I used it when I was cleaning out cupboards and organizing my baking zone. It took stuck-on gunk off one of the cupboards without ruining the paint.
All I did was dump a little baking soda in a small bowl and add water. I wanted a paste consistency. If you add too much water, adjust by adding more baking soda. I used my fingers and gently rubbed the paste on the blade of the knives. They all became shiny and perfectly rust-free.