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Chemical Free Copper Cleaner

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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
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Copper before cleaning
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Inexpensive cleaner: salt, a lemon, and rubber gloves
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Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on 1/2 a lemon. Put on your rubber gloves
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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.
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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/

Got a question about this project?

  • Sue Baldridge
    Sue Baldridge Fort Myers, FL
    on Aug 29, 2014

    Believe it or not, catsup (ketchup??) will do the same thing. It's very messy though.

    • Susan
      Susan Hixson, TN
      on May 15, 2017

      i tried ketchup and it didn't work for me...maybe it has to be certain brand, i used Del Monte.

  • Normaann2012
    Normaann2012 Miami Beach, FL
    on Sep 25, 2014

    What a great idea!😄

  • Nilka0
    Nilka0
    on Oct 1, 2014

    Can I use this on the the inside surface as well?

  • Karen Gray-Plaisted
    Karen Gray-Plaisted Warwick, NY
    on Oct 1, 2014

    Yes, on any copper surface it works.

  • Karen Gray-Plaisted
    Karen Gray-Plaisted Warwick, NY
    on Aug 14, 2015

    Yes you can Nilka0, use on any copper surface and rinse well

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