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Chemical Free Copper Cleaner

I love finding copper pieces at yard sales and antique fairs. Although some of those pieces may not look as though they have been loved over the years, I have found that with a little elbow grease the aged look the pieces acquire can transform to become the beautiful copper pieces they once were.
I did not want to use store bought chemical cleaners, so in a search for an easy, chemical free way to polish I came across this simple recipe and gave it a try, the results were amazing!
Cost: $5 Difficulty: Easy
Copper before cleaning
Inexpensive cleaner: salt, a lemon, and rubber gloves
Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on 1/2 a lemon. Put on your rubber gloves
Rubbing the copper with the lemon and salt removes the tarnish. Spots that are a darker will need a little bit more work than general light tarnish.
After rubbing the entire piece, rinse with clean water.
Dry completely and voila! A copper piece that looks new again. I have found that this will keep the copper clean for about 3 months.
No excuse to have tarnished copper any more

To see more: http://designsolutionskgp.com/chemical-free-copper-cleaner/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Kathie Sines
    Kathie Sines Weiser, ID
    on Aug 28, 2014

    Thanks I have the same copper that needs cleaning

  • Joseph Schneider
    Joseph Schneider West Palm Beach, FL
    on Aug 28, 2014

    Always use this to clean copper. If you don't have lemon you can use lemon juice.

  • Linda
    Linda Joplin, MO
    on Aug 28, 2014

    Haven't tried it yet as do have one to clean, but hear ketchup does same thing.

  • CeeJai
    CeeJai Stockbridge, GA
    on Aug 28, 2014

    This might be difficult for me... because shhhh I love to eat lemons and salt-since childhood LOL --- OK - I'll try it thanks for sharing.

    • CeeJai
      CeeJai Stockbridge, GA
      on Aug 29, 2014

      @Pam Lange Ladies we are in a special group who eat tart lemons because we're so sweeeeT LOL

  • Marcia Taylor
    Marcia Taylor Louisville, KY
    on Aug 28, 2014

    This does work....I use lemon juice. Great on the bottoms of Revere Pots and Pans

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