Years ago I picked up a huge pot rack at Lowe’s on clearance. I hung it over my island in the kitchen. It sat empty for a few months until my sister bought me a set of copper bottomed pots for my birthday. They were so pretty and shiny and looked fantastic hanging from my pot rack. After a couple of months, they didn’t look so pretty anymore. They were tarnished and black in some places. I didn’t even want to hang them up anymore.
Then someone told me how easy it is to clean them. Making your copper pots shine like new again only takes a few minutes and is downright fun to watch. With no scrubbing and no chemicals they instantly start shining again. If you have little kiddos this is a fun cleaning project to have them do. They will love helping to make the pots shiny again.
To clean them you will need some lemon juice and salt. Mix about a tablespoon of the bottled lemon juice and about 1 tablespoon of table salt in a small bowl. You will want enough salt in the bowl to make a paste. Once you have a paste consistency you can use a microfiber cloth or sponge to spread the paste on the bottom of the pan.
You can see from the picture the paste pretty much instantly cleans it. Just use the sponge to spread the paste around on the pot. Almost no scrubbing required. If you have a particularly dark area just let the lemon and salt paste sit for around 30 minutes and then give a gentle scrub.
Once the whole bottom is shiny you can wash off the paste with water and dry the pan. It only takes a few minutes of time, but your pots will look so much better. This is such an easy 10-minute task to keep your copper pots looking clean.
Copper Pot Paste
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon salt
Mix salt and lemon juice in a small bowl until you get a paste. Rub the paste onto the copper pot until the pot is shiny again. Let the paste sit for up to 30 minutes for a badly stained area. Rinse with water and dry.
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