Keep Copper Clean & Clever Copper Creations

The Home & Garden Television (HGTV) network has selected copper as the “Color of the Month” for March and who are we to argue with the TV trendsetters? To stay in vogue, pull your copper pieces from the back of your kitchen cabinet and display them proudly. What's that? Your copper is tarnished and dull? We've got a fix!
Because copper can’t be cleaned in the dishwasher, it often accumulates black and brown spots and loses its luster. To clean your copper and restore its metallic brilliance, all you need is one lemon and a pinch of salt. Here's how:
1. Cut Your Lemon in Half
To get more juice from the lemon, microwave it for ten seconds.
2. Dip the Juicy Side of the Lemon in Salt
Make sure the side is liberally covered. It's okay to double-dip!
3. Scrub Your Copper
Vigorously rub your copper and watch as the stains and tarnishes disappear!
4. Rinse and Dry
Once you're satisfied with your shiny new copper, rinse the item quickly under warm water. Then, pat it dry with a soft cloth.
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Denzia Washington
    on Jul 12, 2017

    Will this aslo work for silver plated stuff? If not, what would be for silver?
    • Annmarie
      on Nov 10, 2019

      Baking soda is the best for everything. Make a paste rub on the item leave on a few minutes and rinse and watch it come alive.

  • Sally-Charles Evans
    on Sep 13, 2017

    So, after the pots are sparkling, if is ONLY for decoration, can it be coated with poly to keep the tarnish away???
    • Annmarie
      on Nov 10, 2019

      I wouldn't reccomend putting anything on your copper pots. I clean my copper pots every 3 years.

  • Anthony
    on Oct 6, 2019

    I want to build a concrete patio in my backyard

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  • Diane
    on Jan 13, 2017

    vinegar and salt paste also works

  • Norma Bussey
    on Sep 4, 2017

    Thanks to Everyone! I love my copper tea kettle but now, I know how to clean it and display it proudly!
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