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How to Clean Copper Pots

I don’t have many copper pots in my kitchen- in fact, I have just two and they are some of the best I own. They heat foods fast and cook them well, which is probably why they’ve been in gourmet kitchens for centuries.

My small copper saucepan needs some TLC- see the difference between the top half and the bottom half?

The problem with mine is that since I haven’t had time to clean them in such a long time that they’ve not only lost their shine, but I hardly recognize them anymore (due to air and oxidization and not drying them thoroughly after use).

There are natural ways to bring back shine to your copper pots, such as using vinegar or lemons (the acid helps to remove all the grime); or to mix flour with water and add the vinegar or lemons to form a paste if you’ve got a particularly difficult job in front of you.

There is also a quick fix, which is to use Bar Keepers Friend, a scouring cleanser found at most hardware stores, that you have to combine with your own elbow grease and a no-scratch sponge. This not only breaks through the grime to bring back the shine on copper pots, but it also removes any rust there might be on the handles, like mine sometimes have. Isn’t that amazing? I love finding things that work so well.

P.S. It also removes stains on counter tops, such as the notoriously staining spice of turmeric.

Got any stain-removal tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment…

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3 comments

  1. So funny, I have been thinking about writing a post on Bar Keeper’s Friend! I recently discovered it. I loved it so much I went crazy with it. I recently took some of my moms old pyrex and corningware casserole dishes (Im in love with vintage pyrex & corning). They had some bad baked in stains that I really wanted to get rid of, so I used some bar keepers and now my dishes look brand new. Then I did my pots and lastly my sink. Everything was just spic and span by the time I was done :)

  2. Baking soda, lime and vinegar cleans just about anything, I can’t live without them. Always prefer the natural ways over chemical stuff as much as I can. Tip: don’t throw away your used limes and lemons, put them in a jar with water to get the remaining juice, you’d be surprised how you is still there.

  3. I haven’t tried it on copper, but if you ever want to brighten up your silver jewelry, ordinary toothpaste makes an excellent polish and takes the tarnish off (or even just dull spots if it’s not black with tarnish yet). Just apply, rub with a soft cloth or paper towel, and rinse clean :). Minty fresh too! :D

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