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    • Corona
    • By Corona 16th Mar 17, 4:46 PM
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    Best way to clean copper?
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    • 16th Mar 17, 4:46 PM
    Best way to clean copper? 16th Mar 17 at 4:46 PM
    I bought a lovely copper bowl from a charity shop for 1.50 and it really needs cleaning. Does anyone have a method they use which works, and doesn't involve buying special cleaners? I've heard of using half a lemon and salt but wouldn't that scratch it?

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    • C J
    • By C J 16th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
    It sounds weird, but tomato ketchup cleans copper very well (probably the vinegar content) and it doesn't scratch it.
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 16th Mar 17, 5:07 PM
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    Do you really want it to be bright and shiny? A lot of people like copper to have a natural patina. A wash in normal washing-up liquid suds should remove old polish and grime.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 16th Mar 17, 5:16 PM
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    You could try a mix of lemon juice and baking soda !!!8211; rub in until grime comes off, then polish with a soft clean cloth.

    Tomato ketchup works on brass and I think it would probably work on copper too.
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    • Corona
    • By Corona 19th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
    Thank you
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    • 19th Mar 17, 10:13 AM
    Thanks everyone. I tried the tomato ketchup method - which brought off the initial layer of dirt, and then half a lemon & bicarb to "attack" isolated stains/marks. It's not "shiny and new" but I didn't want that anyway; it's just much brighter than it was and I actually prefer it to look like this, with some age to it.

    A bargain for 1.50 and a bit of tomato ketchup ...!
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