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How to Clean Copper Bottomed Pots

My mother used these copper-bottomed pots for year and years and gave me some when I left for college. They are pretty great pans and I love using them, but over time the bottom gets tarnished and dirty looking. Thankfully, my mother also taught me how to get them clean and bright looking again! I've since learned of two more ways to get them clean too. We'll start with my mother's method first.
Here are the pots I have. I have three of them, and yes. The bottoms are not so pretty here! Let's fix that....
First, pour regular table salt onto it!
Next, pour some regular white vinegar onto the salt.
Grab a scour pad and scrub in the vinegar into the salt and clean the pan! Be sure to get the sides too! Pour more vinegar and salt onto it as needed until it's all clean.
And here's how it compares to the two other dirty ones!! Amazing difference right?!
Another way to clean them is using Bar Keepers Friend! This time, wet the bottom of the pan with water, sprinkle the Bar Keepers Friend onto the pan, let sit for a minute, then scrub with a paper towel or scour pad, and viola! A clean-bottomed copper pan!
The last way to clean a copper bottom pot, in case you're really desperate for some reason, is to use KETCHUP!
Be sure to head to my blog to watch the videos for the vinegar and ketchup tutorials in action!

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Materials used for this project:

  • Copper Bottom Pot
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
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To see more: http://www.whatsupfagans.com/2014/03/how-to-clean-copper-pots-with-vinegar-and-salt/

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Apr 13, 2017

    I use ketchup! A buck at the Dollar Tree and Jewel brand.

    • Melba May
      Melba May Sandersville, GA
      on Jan 11, 2018

      I was going to say ketchup, you are so right-it works.

  • OldLadyByTheLake
    OldLadyByTheLake Lakebay, WA
    on Apr 14, 2017

    Sorry Katelyn...I guess I missed that at the very end. I apologize and deleted the redundant comment. Very nice article. Thank you.

  • Al
    Al United Kingdom
    on Apr 14, 2017

    To clean the inside, simply cook some rhubarb in it. That will clean it and make you think were you happy eating food preciously cooked in the pan as it will look so much cleaner after the rhubarb treatment!

  • Sauve
    Sauve France
    on Apr 18, 2017

    I use ketchup and a microfiber cloth. I don't use scrubbers in our home any longer because they scratch the surfaces of whatever they are used on.

  • Chic tayao
    Chic tayao Philippines
    on Apr 18, 2017

    Great idea!

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