Easily Clean Copper With an Unlikely Item

2 Materials
15 Minutes

I purchased this piggy trivet at my local Goodwill for $2.99 for no other reason than I thought it was cute. I was pretty sure I'd be able to clean it up fairly easy using an old method I learned long ago, or hoped so anyway.

I purchased something else during the same trip to

Goodwill and after two days of working toward restoration I had to give in and admit defeat.

I'm pleased with how pretty my piggy is now especially since it was cleaned quickly at no cost! Yay me

Here she is, my cute but dirty little piggy 🐷

It was more difficult to figure out the stamp than it was to clean it. Turns out she's vintage and worth more than $2.99

Here it is, the big secret.... toothpaste. This tube was included in my post dentist visit goodie bag. Well, maybe it's a parting gift for good behavior 🤔 ie: "thank you for not biting me, please have a toothbrush, dental floss & travel toothpaste"? Thoughts...

I applied a small amount of toothpaste to the top of the trivet then used an old sponge (wet) to scrub in circular motions.

I rinsed the sponge off and continued scrubbing eventually rinsing off the trivet, reapplying toothpaste and repeating. I did this twice because I was shooting for a very shiny look, if you preger more petina than you could stop sooner.

Here it is all done. Isn't she purdy?

Suggested materials:

  • Toothpaste   (Dentist)
  • Sponge   (Walmart)

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  • Jane Murray Jane Murray on Nov 09, 2021

    What kind of toothpaste. There are so many these days.


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  • SpudBread SpudBread on Nov 18, 2021

    FOR CLEANING-- old copper, brass, etc., cheap bottle of any kind of vinegar/table salt-- the chemical reaction cleans off the oxidation-- wet with vinegar, sprinkle on salt, rub with a non-metal scrubbing pad, repeat as desired-- colors go from dark orange to bright/shiny. Wash with hot soapy water, rinse, dry/polish. I wear plastic/rubber gloves as it will stain skin & stink you up in the process! Wrights Metal Cleaner/Polish (Ace hardware stores) works wonders to finish & is water clean up. ENJOY!

  • Barbara Barbara on Dec 02, 2021

    I have that same exact piggy trivet sitting on my stove - I love her LOL