Cleaning Coins

I lived in Mississippi when Katrina hit. I lost most everything. I had a five gallon jug filled 3/4 way up with change I was saving for the grandkids to share when it was full. The problem the, surge water stayed in the jug for a while and when it was dumped it had molded bad. I have tried pouring coke on it and let it sit and tried using a cleaner. Nothing will work to clean the money. Any suggestions to clean without a lot of scrubbing? It's about $120 in pennies and nickels. Thanks for any help.

Barbara from Wiggins, MS

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January 18, 20070 found this helpful
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I know tomato sauce is great for cleaning copper, i rub it straight from a tomato onto my pots and let it sit for a while then rinse off, as for dimes and nickels, you can try dawn power dissolver, or possibly boiling them in a pot of water and a peice of tin foil? not sure about that one, but you never know. worse case, use jewelry cleaner, yeah really. by the way i'm in yazoo county, ms hope everything is getting back to normal for you.

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January 18, 20070 found this helpful
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try the old remedy vinegar & baking soda.

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January 20, 20090 found this helpful
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Pennies in vinegar and salt work extremely well. Just put the pennies in the liquid and pour in the salt, then mix them around, and the rust or gunk that's covering it is gone! Once you've dried them off, you can use steel wool to burnish them a little, but don't rub too hard. Pennies made after 1982 and mostly zinc, with only a tiny covering of copper. I don't know about nickels, though... Maybe try the same with only a few?

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January 18, 20070 found this helpful

My husband uses hot sauce to clean pennies. Maybe try soaking a small amount of coins in a bowl filled with the sauce before you try the whole amount.

Liz

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January 18, 20070 found this helpful

i swear when i was a kid i used to use some sort of combination of vinegar and salt to clean pennies (letting them soak in it). i've also heard some rumors that soaking the coins in coca-cola will work too, but i've yet to try that.

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January 18, 20070 found this helpful

Bleach is an inexpensive thing to try.

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January 19, 20070 found this helpful

You can use perioxide...we have a cleaner called H2orange...if you could get some of that it will clean anything and it disinfects. You could probably make your own..perioxide and a squeeze of fresh orange. Good luck.

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February 24, 20080 found this helpful

I always have known that salt and lemon juice work, but know I am getting other ideas to try. :)

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