How To Get Rust Spots Off Silverware

How To Get Rust Spots Off Silverware | On Sutton PlaceSometimes 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 natural way to remove rust spots from silverware! | On Sutton PlaceAll 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.

How To Remove Rust Spots from your Silverware | On Sutton PlaceFile this little tip away (or better yet, pin it!) because you never know when it might come in handy. 

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  1. Ana Sofia says:

    Hello Ann
    Do you think that it will work with stainless steel surfaces?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Ana Sofia! My apologies for totally missing this question. I am trying so hard to get caught up and found this in my saved email. Yes I think baking soda paste would work on other stainless steel surfaces. Just try it on a small spot first. It’s non-abrasive so I think it would be fine. Again, I’m sorry to be so late in answering…Ann

  2. Susan Copeman says:

    What is that charger under your blue tablescape? It is lovely!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Its a wood charger from Pier 1. I got six for Christmas from my daughter. You will love them!

  3. debbiedoos says:

    That is awesome and I will try it. Thank you Ann for sharing your genius!

  4. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Thanks Ann! The baking soda is a great idea and will be gentle of my flatware! Pinning! Let’s talk soon! xo

  5. Nancy Langston says:

    Thank you! Just saw this problem on my flatware and didn’t know what I would use to fix the problem. I’ll try this asap! :)

  6. mila bassett@mila's milieu says:

    I was just staring at the big bag of Baking soda at Costco this morning, thinking I should grab it. I will have to go back for it! I got hooked on using vinegar for cleaning around the house last year and couldn’t be happier. Adding baking soda to the list!

  7. Marianne in Mo. says:

    Glad to see we think alike. I use baking soda and/or vinegar as a first try for any cleaning job. Do you know the one about cleaning silver with aluminum foil and vinegar? That’s a good one too, but you must have patience!
    I want to tell you thanks for the Starbucks Lemon Loaf recipe! I made it on Monday after searching and weeding thru many others. I have to say, it was so close to the real thing, at least as I remember from having it over a year ago! I am not a Starbucks fanatic, but had a coupon for a free baked item, and that was what I got with it. Hope you don’t mind if I share it with a friend or two!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Glad you liked the Lemon Loaf!

  8. SheilaG@Plum Doodles says:

    Great tip, Ann. It stumps me that the knives always get rust spots, but I never see any on the other utensils. I wonder why that is….

    1. Ann Drake says:

      No idea Shelia but you are right. It’s only the knives!

  9. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    I would never have tried the baking soda, Ann! Thanks for this tip! Pinning!

  10. Thanks for the tip for cleaning flatware! Do you happen to know a current source for the blue handled flatware? I can’t find a source for the blue… and prices and quality seem to vary considerably.

  11. What a great tip…pinned it! Thanks for passing ti on!

  12. Jill Flory says:

    Great tip! Baking soda and white vinegar are my 2 go-to cleaners for getting the unsightly stuff off!

  13. Shirley@housepitality designs says:

    What a great tip…never knew that a simple paste of baking soda and water will do the trick!!!

  14. Great tip…thanks! ;)

  15. That’s treasure of a tip – Thanks!

  16. Grace @ sense and simplicity says:

    See now that is life changing information. I have the same problem and it drives me crazy when I’m setting the table for a nice meal or for guests. I have tried rubbing them with a damp tea towel, but never with baking soda (and I’m a big believer in baking soda’s magic too). Doh! Thanks for the tip.

  17. Joanne Boulter says:

    i love your dishes. i use to have the whole set in the 70’s. Love love them. My Son said that he wanted the set as a memory of our family because we ate on them every day. So I packed them up and gave them to him (dummest thing that I ever did). He and his family moved and he gave them to a second hand store. I cry for them!

    Keep yours safe!

    Sincerely, Joanne

    1. Sometimes I give away things like that and say give it back if you don’t want it anymore! So sad!

      1. Ann Drake says:

        Oh Joanne I’m sorry about your dishes…that breaks my heart! I will guard mine with my life. lol!

  18. deb catmandu says:

    Thanks so much!! I also had flatware that needed some cleaning up…I don’t know what happens in the dishwasher, but I always seem to have knives with those rust spots, too! Pinning now…

  19. Nice to know. I don’t know why those show up in the first place.

  20. I may not always comment but sometimes the voices say I’ve just gotta. This is one of those times. So darn simple and I have tried cleaning products without luck. Who knew!…and while neither of us will save the rain forest with this revelation we will certainly have good looking flatware.

  21. Thanks for the tip Ann, I have been wanting new flatware for just that reason. I will give it a try before I purchase new. :)

  22. I have a few pieces that need some TLC. Thanks for the tip.