My best friend A and I have been buying up all the old silver that we can find. I've got almost 60 of each of the following:
knives, dinner forks, salad/dessert forks, regular spoons, soup spoons, tea spoons, and about 15 or 20 serving pieces.
I wanted to find an easy way to clean them that was also CHEAP! After an online search I found how to get silver clean quick without having to buy one of those plate things. All you needed was foil, table salt, and baking soda. The trick I finally figured out after about 3 batches of silver was in the water. The hotter the water the easier the silver came clean.