Shopping at flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops is an eco-friendly way to buy tableware and find some unique items, too. But one might wonder: Are old forks, spoons and knives safe to use for eating food? Since it’s impossible to know the origins of the items, it’s best to give them a thorough disinfecting clean. Just immerse the metal utensils in boiling water and let them simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. This will kill anything that may be living on them, and as an added bonus, it’ll also remove the tarnish.
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