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You should never clean your copper utensils in a dishwasher, as the harsh chemicals used in some dishwashers can shorten their lifespan. Also, you should never use cleaners that contain bleach, as it can cause the copper to corrode and pit.
You can clean your copper items with the help of household items which may be just within arm’s reach. From ketchup to vinegar, these items have two things in common: they are acidic, and they do not scrub or scratch the surface of the copper.
In fact, you should avoid scrubbing the surface, because this will damage the copper finish, giving the item a scratched and damaged look.
The acidity of ketchup is useful for a quick clean of lightly tarnished copper. All you need to do is cover the copper item in ketchup, let it sit for a while, and then rub until the tarnish has vanished. Finally, clean the copper with warm water and some dish soap and polish it with a clean, soft, dry cloth.
For especially badly tarnished copper, you can use half a lemon and some ordinary table salt. This method involves some effort, but it is most effective for removing stubborn tarnish.
Pour some salt onto a plate (coarse salt if you are dealing with tough tarnish), dip the lemon half into the salt, and scrub the surface until you remove the tarnish. Finally, rinse with warm water and soap and dry the copper with a soft cloth.
The paste from the tamarind fruit is acidic, reacting with the copper to remove any tarnish and restore luster. Rinse the copper surface and scrub it with the tamarind pulp until the luster returns.
Dissolve 1 ½ teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of white vinegar. You can put this mixture in a spray bottle or apply the mixture with a soft cloth. Once applied, leave it to take effect for around 30 minutes and rinse and dry. If there is more tarnish present, repeat the process, and if there are dents holding any grime, use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the copper.
|16 × 6 cm
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