Polish the silver without effort. Fill a non-aluminum pan with hot water, place a small square of aluminum foil (5 inches or so) in the pan. Add one teaspoon of baking soda per quart of water and bring to a boil. Place your silver in briefly and remove with tongs. Wash with soapy water and rinse and buff to a gloss. This process is not recommended for figured pieces. It will remove shading, so fine silver may look like plated.