Carolyn Whitlock

Here are the directions that came with my “Maggie Pan”.


Place the magnesium plate in bottom of pan. Then put your silverware in the Maggie Pan, first making sure that the silver is clean and free from grease or food particles.

Fill the Maggie Pan with hot water and add a tablespoon of any liquid detergent (such as Joy, etc.). Mix detergent well in the hot water. Allow to stand until the silver is bright, shuffling gently from time to time to expose all surfaces of the silver.

The time required is usually from five to ten minutes, depending on the local water and the original discoloration of the silver.

When the silver is brightened, remove it from the pan, rinse and dry briskly with a towel. Empty the water from the pan, rinse and dry the pan and the magnesium plate thoroughly.

The Maggie Pan brightens silver by gentle electrolytic action, restoring the silver, silver alloys or silver plate to original brightness. This process not only does not harm the silver but actually restores the silver lost through stain, tarnish or corrosion to its original metallic state.

Eventually the magnesium plate will lose its bright appearance, gradually turning gray. This does not affect its performance in any way.

You can clean larger silver pieces – trays, cocktail shakers, creamers, etc. – by placing the magnesium plate in the bottom of your sink, placing the silver in contact with the magnesium plate, filling sink with enough hot water to cover pieces being cleaned, adding detergent, and proceding as before.

Silver which has not been cleaned in a long time and is black with tarnish will have to be rubbed with silver polish before its brightness can be maintained by your Maggie Pan.

CAUTION: If antique silver is cleaned for too long a time in the Maggie Pan, there is a possibility that the “antiquing” will be removed along with other tarnish.

Your Maggie Pan will give you years of bright silver with less work.

Beh Housewares Corp. – 230 Fifth Ave. – NYC 10001

Again, the “Maggie Pan” is a brand name and the directions above were included with my pan when I bought it. The Maggie Pan has two pieces: a sheet of magnesium and a plastic pan. When it talks about doing larger pieces in the sink, I would suspect that it should be a porcelain sink (or large, plastic tub). I know nothing about chemistry but I would think a stainless steel sink might not do the job. But, that’s just a hunch. A plastic dish pan would work.

The key is to have the silver touch the magnesium. You may have to turn the piece several times, depending on how big your bell is.