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Washing the dishes isn't one of the more favorable kitchen cleaning tasks. Cleaning pots and pans makes washing dishes even less attractive. Still, if they're not properly maintained, pots and pans, especially those made of copper, can tarnish. If this has happened to you, you can rest easy knowing there are options.The simplest option is to rub the copper with a lemon dipped in salt. You can also fill a spray bottle with a solution of vinegar plus three tablespoons of salt and spray that onto the tarnished area. Let sit for a little while and rub clean.
Can't wait to see it this works!
I´ve done this for years - salt and lemon work well, but should it not be cleaned well it will corrode the copper with time.Also make sure that the copper has not been covered with a protective varnish. If you do this too much you will off the copper - live in Paul Revere pans.
I've found that a product called "Bar Keepers Friend works fast and really well to clean the copper bottoms of my pots after each use.
Good old ketchup works on copper bottom pans also.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|