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Although there are commercial copper cleaning products you can buy you can effectively clean copper using household products. If you have copper cookware, jewellery, belt buckles or coins you may want to read on to find out how to clean and polish copper items.

Copper not only looks luxurious it is durable, that’s why it is widely used not only for domestic but also decorative purposes. Cooking in copper pots allows you to heat food quickly and efficiently because of copper’s excellent thermal conductivity. The downside to having copper cookware is that it tarnishes over time. The good news is you can restore copper’s shine using household items and some elbow grease. Of course there are always copper cleaning products available to buy, don’t forget to follow the directions and safety guidelines.

Lemons and Salt

Cut a lemon in half and then sprinkle sea salt or coarse salt on the lemon. Use it to scrub the copper surface to make the copper bright once again. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Flour, Salt, Vinegar

Want shiny copper? Then rub it with a mixture of flour, coarse salt and vinegar and polish with a soft cloth.

Tomato Ketchup

Copper can be cleaned using tomato ketchup because it contains vinegar which helps clean the copper. Apply a thick layer of tomato ketchup on the copper product, leave for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water.


Always test any cleaning method in a small area first.

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