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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Copper Cleaning

Getting a Jump on Spring Cleaning

My brother has spent his life traveling
the world and collecting interesting things
along the way.  One of those collections is
his copper.  Since he is a great cook, he uses
the copper all the time and that can lead to
stains and tarnish.

As he cooked, he noticed if something
with a tomato base would drip down the
side, it would make the copper sparkling
clean.  He developed this recipe for a
non-toxic copper cleaner.

1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 to 1/3 cup table salt
3 to 4 Tabl. vinegar or lemon juice

Mix together with a fork and paint
surface of copper with a paint brush
or piece of steel wool.  Let sit for 5
minutes.  Rinse with water.  Scour
surface lightly with 0 grade steel wool.

So, I put it to the test.  Yikes, I'm
embarrassed by the awful condition
of my copper.

After 5 minutes, it looked great.
I found it took the tarnish off very
easily.  For areas with grease spots
I used a Brillo pad to remove the spots.

Be careful though, you may spend
the rest of the day cleaning every
piece of copper in your home.

I hope he doesn't come up with a
silver polish!

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