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Restoring shine to tarnished silver flatware

Q. Thank you for your prompt answer to my inquiry about a smell from under my sink/dishwasher. You suggested I pour a cup of bleach into the dishwasher. I did so, and it seems to have helped. However, I ran the dishwasher right after that with some of my sterling silver flatware in it. While everything else came through the cycle OK, my silver came out with a grayish tint that doesn’t wash off. Could you tell me how to get rid of the gray? I guess I should have run a cycle with the washer empty after!


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