How to clean copper naturally

Cleaning copper - home remedies or professional cleaners?

Professional cleaner - caution is advised

Chemical cleaners often produce unexpected results on a copper pot or pan. You should therefore read the instructions on the cleaning agent very carefully. Especially for objects made of copper that come into contact with food, you should use household remedies rather than chemicals.

Again and again you hear the tip to clean copper with a tooth cleaning tablet or a tab for the dishwasher. Even if this may still work the first time, it will damage the copper in the long run.

Roof and garden

If you want to clean copper in the garden or the copper gutter, you should also use as little chemicals as possible. Also, keep in mind that the chemicals will end up in your garden when you rinse them off. You should also keep the high-pressure cleaner away from your copper objects, it would possibly press heavy dents into the copper.

Home remedies for copper cleaning

With home remedies you clean copper gently, and without later a chemical disgusting taste attached to the food that you cook in the copper pot. But also for an object that is used purely for decoration, such as a copper cup for the flowers or the copper kettle for the gold treasure, you should clean very gently and gently.

  • Buttermilk and salt
  • Sauerkraut juice
  • toothpaste
  • tomato ketchup
  • Vinegar, salt and water
  • Vinegar and salt as a paste
  • lemon
  • Newsprint

Buttermilk and salt

Pure buttermilk helps very well with light soiling or dark spots. The effect is reinforced by a part of the salt that is mixed with the buttermilk. Most importantly, it thickens the buttermilk and doesn't run off so easily. After a few minutes exposure time, the buttermilk cream is polished with a soft cloth.

Vinegar and salt or salt and vinegar?

One of the most popular home remedies for cleaning up copper is vinegar combined with salt. For daily cleaning, add a little more water to the mixture of vinegar and salt. You can then insert smaller objects made of copper directly into the mixture. To ensure that the salt dissolves well, you can add a little heat and heat the entire solution.

If the copper object is a little squiggly or decorated, just leave out the water. Then vinegar and salt are used to create a thick cream that you can apply directly to the copper. The mass is rubbed with an old toothbrush. After a short time you will see that the dark, discolored areas have completely disappeared. You should then rinse the item thoroughly with clean water.

Lemon peel or sauerkraut juice

You should put aside any smooth tarnished objects made of copper. If you then use up a lemon, you can use the empty peel perfectly to clean the copper piece. If you sprinkle a little salt into the lemon peel, the effect is even stronger.

However, you should not do this on objects that have a particularly high-gloss finish, as the salt could cause scratches. Sauerkraut juice has a similar effect to the fresh lemon peel. You should only use both products if they happen to be in the household anyway, otherwise the costs are too high.

Tomato ketchup - the ideal home remedy

Ketchup is a little miracle cure for cleaning copper. The copper kettle is completely smeared with ketchup. The ketchup then has to sit for a moment. You may then be able to clean the copper cup without scrubbing.

If you have leftover tomato paste, you can quickly clean small pieces of copper with the paste and a toothbrush. In any case, the copper pot should always be rinsed thoroughly with water.

Toothpaste and toothbrush

We repeatedly recommend old toothbrushes for a lot of cleaning work. Now you can also use the toothpaste once. Ornate copper objects, such as copper coins, can be cleaned perfectly with a small brush and a little toothpaste. Here, too, you should rinse with water, as the toothbrush could eat away at the copper over time if it remains on the workpiece.

Newsprint

Crumpled up newsprint is often recommended for a variety of uses. But the measure is relatively laborious and basically only works on smooth copper surfaces. With a bit of bad luck, you will then have to scrub the printing ink from your copper pan.

Of course, ketchup is not suitable outdoors, but when it comes to kitchen items or decorative objects, hardly any cleaner is as easy as tomato ketchup. So before you mess around with different mixes, try the ketchup first. The more tomato there is in the ketchup, the faster the effect.