Do you have silver cutlery or other ornaments or jewelry? With time the silver tends to blacken and lose its luster. A very easy way to make your silver pieces shine like new is as follows:
Place a piece of aluminium foil in a pot. Add some water and bring it to the boil. Lower your silver pieces in the water and add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda. As if by magic, you will see the unsightly stains disappear and your silver will be as good as new.