The Best Way to Clean Copper

The Best Way to Clean Copper

Learn the BEST way to clean copper with the toughest stains using this secret technique, and make your own copper cleaning kit to keep at home! 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

The Best Way to Clean Copper

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The Best Way to Clean Copper

The Best Way to Clean Copper

Recently I went on a mission to clean my copper pots and pans and discover the best way to clean copper for myself.  As you can see from the photo above there are grease stains, burns, and a lot of build up.  That pan second to the left was my first copper pan ever.   I bought it several years ago when I started to replace the collection from our wedding registry, and guess what?  I have NEVER cleaned it since!  All the copper lovers just started crying.  I know.  I’m sorry.  Don’t hate me.

The Best Way to Clean Copper

Ok here was my set up.  4 different techniques on 4 different pans.

  1. Toothpaste
  2. Lemon juice
  3. Lemon juice and baking soda
  4. White vinegar and salt

The Best Way to Clean Copper

Toothpaste

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This one was with toothpaste.  I scrubbed and scrubbed, and I was starting to get a hand cramp, and I had barely gotten a tiny circle on the bottom of the pan as you can see above.

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

Lemon Juice and Lemon Juice with Baking Soda

I love a good comparison post, but this was taking way too long.  I moved on to the lemon juice.  The results were actually worse.  Without the friction of the gritty toothpaste it didn’t really take traction and the lemon juice just ran off.  I moved on or else I would still be standing there.  Next was the paste made of lemon juice and baking soda.  The paste was better than just the lemon juice, but again, the amount of time it was taking  to get the faintest shine was giving me acid reflux.  Momma got no time for this.

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

White vinegar and Salt

So I moved on to method 4.  And WOW.  I discovered a secret technique I hadn’t read anywhere that I am about to share with you.  First of all, I watched the below video on YouTube which is where I started for the white vinegar and salt.

You will notice that his method is to sprinkle salt on the pan and then pour vinegar over and scrub with sponge.  This method is effective, but on pots that haven’t been cleaned in years it was minimally effective for me.  So . . . what did I discover?

Read below for the most effective and efficient method of cleaning copper pots and pans – even ones that haven’t been cleaned in years!

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

White Vinegar and Salt and Secret Technique

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Copper Cleaning Kit List:

(Store in a plastic bag under your sink or in your pantry and be sure to label)

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

#1.  Pour the vinegar over the copper.

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The Best Way to Clean Copper

#2. Sprinkle the salt over the vinegar.

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So I was also holding the camera in one hand, but the way to do this is hold the vinegar in one hand and the salt in the other and sprinkle the salt on right after the vinegar in order to keep the vinegar from rolling off.  Do this several times.

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

#3.  THE SECRET TECHNIQUE!!  Rub the mixture all over the copper. 

This is it.  Don’t start “scouring” right away, but instead take both hands and actually massage the mixture into all the copper.  The abrasiveness of the salt almost acts like a scour while carrying the acidity of the vinegar.  You are literally giving your copper an exfoliating massage.  This way the whole pan is coated.  You will see a huge difference in this step alone, but then let the copper sit for 5-10 minutes.

The Best Way to Clean Copper

#4.  Scrub the copper as needed.

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Now you can use a scouring pad or sponge or whatever you need to get off those burns.  But look at the difference just by rubbing the mixture over the pot and letting it sit?!

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

#5.  Wash the pan.

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Lastly, I just washed the pot like I would have with soap and water.

 

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#6.  Buff as desired with cloth.

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I mean WOW.  This technique took so little effort as compared to the other 3 that I cleaned the rest with the above method while doing a little happy dance.

The best way to clean copper

I had to run and pick my kids up from school, so I let the rest of the pots soak in hot vinegar water before rubbing them down with the salt and vinegar mixture.  Remember these pots and pans had NEVER been cleaned before!

 

The Best Way to Clean Copper

Before

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The Best Way to Clean Copper

After

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Wow.  Let’s do side by side comparisons.

Look at that second pan!  Do you know how hard it is to remove burns from copper??  I have learned my lesson, by the way.  I hereby swear never to let my beautiful copper pans go without a proper cleaning for years again.  :-/

The BEST Way to Clean Copper

Printable Instructions with Copper Cleaning Kit List

If you give this DIY at try, then tag me @ahna_hammersnhugs or use the hashtag #hammersnhugs.

I would LOVE to hear from you!

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