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My grandmother always cleaned the bottom of her copper pans with a cut 1/2 lemon sprinkled with salt. Worked great.
I use Worchestershire sauce and it works wonders
Rub it on and let it sit a minute or two and rinse off.
I have always used a product called Twinkle. You can find it in the grocery store in the aisles with oven cleaner, etc. It comes with a sponge. I have used it to clean Revere Ware pots and pans, as has my mother, and she had her Revere Ware set for over 50 years (until she gave it to me.) Amway makes a metal cleaner that is fabulous!
Most pieces of decorative, modern copper are protected by a factory-applied, baked-on lacquer. Only dusting and an occasional washing with lukewarm, soapy water are needed to keep lacquered objects shiny. Never polish them.
Lacquer must be removed from eating and cooking utensils before using. To remove lacquer, place the item in 2 gallons of boiling water to which 1 cup of washing soda has been added. The lacquer will peel off.
An alternate method to remove lacquer is to rub with a cloth saturated with acetone or alcohol.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with references from Maryland Extension bulletin, Caring for Your Valuables: Brass, Copper, Pewter, Silver Tin.
Use full strength Ketchup to clean your copper. You'll be shocked how shiny it gets.
By Brenda Cole
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