3 Quick Steps to Clean Copper Pots | DIY Kitchen Care

Copper pots work really well both to enhance the beauty of your kitchen decor and make your cooking feel more fun. As you keep using them, of course, they will lose their shine.

How to Clean Copper Pots
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But no worries, you can get their beauty back by following our tutorial on how to clean copper pots below.

How to Clean Copper Pots

Prepare these things:

  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Soft cleaning cloth
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Bowl
  • Gentle dish soap
  • White vinegar or lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

Follow the steps below:

Wash the pot

Before you start polishing your copper pot, you have to normally wash it. Just simply wash the interior and exterior with your regular dish soap ad sponge. Rinse the pot thoroughly with warm water and let it dry with a soft cloth.

Keep in mind to never use a non-abrasive sponge to wash your copper pot and do it gently to avoid further damage.

Polish the pot

There are some easy home supplies that you can use to polish your copper pot. It depends on what options you have in your kitchen.

Baking soda and table salt are good to get the job done since they are mildly abrasive. When they are combined with lemon juice or white vinegar, the result is amazing.

  • Mix baking soda with white vinegar or lemon juice in a bowl until you get a paste consistency.
  • Use your fingers or a clean cloth to coat the exterior of your copper pot with the polishing paste.
  • Buff the paste with a microfiber cloth gently in a circular motion.

For you who prefer to use salt, follow the steps below:

  • Use some table salt to cover the exterior part of your copper pot and pour some white vinegar over the coated pot then let it sit for around a minute. If you go with this option, you can’t apply it to the interior of the copper as it can damage the tin lining.

Another alternative is using some ketchup, follow the steps below:

  • Cover your copper pot with a layer of ketchup and buff it with a microfiber cloth or paper towel. Rinse the residue and let it dry completely. The acid of the ketchup can break through a tarnish.

Rinse the pot

Once you’re done buffing the pot, rinse the paste residue with warm water and dry the surface thoroughly with a clean soft cloth. If you think that the copper is not really that shining, you can repeat the steps above again.

(Read also: Easy DIY: How to Repaint Dining Tables with These 4 Steps)

Tips to keep copper pots clean longer

Copper pots look really good to show around, so most of you may simply hang them in your kitchen. If you’d like to do so, keep in mind to hang them far from spillage as it can create water damage.

To ensure your copper pots offer great performance over time, always cook with olive or canola oil. It’s not recommended to cook dry as it can damage the interior.

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