Copper cooking vessels are a beautiful alternative to more traditional and plain-looking pots and pans. Many people will even use copper cookware as decorations or accents around the kitchen to bring a certain rustic charm into the house. In these cases, a little tarnish and age can be desirable—it adds to the charm and look. But when you are using your copper pans to cook, the last thing you want is that tarnish and dirt getting in the way of your cooking. Luckily, there are natural ways to clean copper pots with lemon without having to use harsh cleaning chemicals that may leave behind residuals on your cookware.
Lemon and Salt: The Magic Cleaning Combination
One of our favorite ways is utilizing two items you most likely already have lying around the house: lemon and salt. We have used this effective combination for tons of household tasks, and cleaning copper pots with lemon is no exception. When these two are combined, they can turn even the most tarnished and gunked up copper cookware back to brand new almost instantly. You will probably be surprised to see how effortless it really is. Copper pots and pans are not cheap, but the investment is worth it if you know how to clean and maintain them. When taken care of properly, high quality. Copper cookware will last a lifetime and even be passed down through generations.
Instructions for Cleaning Copper Naturally
- Cut a large fresh lemon in half.
- Add a layer of fine iodized salt to the lemon half.
- Using the lemon half like a brush, scrub the copper pot vigorously to remove stains and tarnish
Note: It’s important not to use a coarse sea salt but something more fine so you don’t scratch the copper. Using something too rough may leave unwanted scratches.
If you have an especially delicate piece of copper or are just concerned about the scratching in general, you call follow the instructions below.
Instructions for Cleaning Delicate Copper with Lemon and Salt
- Cut a large lemon in half and squeeze into a bowl.
- Add a fine salt into the bowl and mix.
- Through mixing the lemon and salt together thoroughly, create a fine paste.
- Apply the paste to the lemon half and scrub the copper gently to remove tarnish and age.
The paste method is also useful for removing tough spots that don’t seem to come off with the steps listed above. If this is the case, you can simply use the first set of instructions, and then finish off any harder spots with the paste.
In our household, if we can manage to use natural ingredients over a chemical solution we will. That’s not to say that commercially produced copper cleaners are really bad for you or toxic, but we just prefer knowing that our cookware has been cleaned with natural ingredients straight from the earth, not from a tub in a factory.