It's Thanksgiving Day. Your turkey is in the oven, the pies are cooling off, and you're setting the table for all of your family to gather around for supper. But when you unpack that nice silver that you only use on special occasions, you're shocked to see that it looks woefully dull and dirty.
Don't panic; this isn't enough to ruin your holiday, because we have a quick trick that we borrowed from Grandma to save the day.
Plain old generic toothpaste (the gritty paste variety, not the fancy gel form) makes a great and inexpensive silver polish. Use it the same way you would use commercial silver polish to restore shine, and you'll have the silver sparkling long before the turkey's ready to be cut.
Adapted from "101 Old-Time Country Household Hints," © 2008 Publications International, Ltd.