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Clean Your Copper

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WHY DO THIS?


Copperware is absolutely stunning – when it’s clean. But because copper can’t be washed in the dishwasher, it often accumulates patina, making it appear dull and tarnished. Restore your copper’s metallic brilliance! All you need is one lemon and a pinch of salt.

5 MINUTES
EASY

What You'll Need:

  • lemon
  • salt

How To:

Photo: West Elm

Note: Avoid this cleaning method if your copperware has a protective lacquer finish. To clean these items, simply wash with warm water and dish soap instead.

  1. 1

    Cut your lemon in half. Carefully slice your lemon in half, lengthwise. Tip: To get more juice from the lemon, microwave it for ten seconds.

  2. 2

    Dip the lemon in salt. Dip the juicy side of the lemon half in salt. Make sure the side is liberally covered. It's okay to double-dip! 

  3. 3

    Scrub your copper. Lightly scrub your copper in a circular motion and watch as the tarnishes disappear!

  4. 4

    Rinse and dry. Once you're satisfied with your shiny new copper, rinse the item quickly under warm water. Then, pat it dry with a soft cloth.

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