Chemical Free Copper Cleaner

$5
Easy

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
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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
Karen Gray-Plaisted

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