Cleaning Tarnished Copper Pots - The Easy Way

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When I saw this idea on Pinterest, I really wasn't sure why anyone would care if their pots were tarnished or not.  I'm no Martha Stewart, so I really can't imagine why anyone would want to spend time cleaning  copper pots.  I figure pots work just as well if they're tarnished or not.

However, if you really feel the need to clean your pots, or can't sleep at night, or have severely expired ketchup like I did in your fridge, then you can try this.  It works.
My ketchup expired in June of 2011!

Start with a really tarnished copper pot.

Put ketchup on it.  It starts working as soon as the ketchup touches the pan.  You can rub it lightly with a sponge.

How To Clean Tarnished Copper Pots Easy Way

Wipe off the ketchup and rinse the pan.

How To Clean Tarnished Copper Pots Easy Way

That's it!  Your pans will be shiny in ten minute or less.

How To Clean Tarnished Copper Pots Easy Way

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  1. Seriously? That's amazing! I love your tips. I could pin all day.

  2. I think there was a big drive during WW2 to get women to clean the bottom of their pans to save fuel - but not completely sure I haven't got this the wrong way round and that they weren't more efficient when all mucky like mine :-)

    But great to know it works!

  3. Hi We don't do ketchup, would lemon juice work just as well?

  4. Tested this and it works just fine. I think it is the acidity of ketchup that does the job. Great tip!


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