Do those shiny copper utensils always allure you to buy them? And, then what happens? You struggle with keeping them looking like new, right? Then, you’ve got to read this article!
Copper utensils are widely used in our Indian kitchens. Not only do they look nice, but there are several health benefits of using them for eating, drinking, and even cooking!
Drinking water in copper utensils is known to boost your digestion. According to the Ayurvedic teachings, drinking a glass of water from these in the morning on an empty stomach can help different organs. It helps in flushing out toxins, eliminates bad bacteria, alleviates stomach inflammation, and improves metabolism.
While it is believed that eating in Copper Utensils aid in the disintegration process of food to make haemoglobin. It further enables the absorption of iron thereby, reducing the risk of anemia.
So, if using copper has so many benefits then, where does the problem lie?
We know copper utensils add beauty to your home but like all metals, they tarnish over time and with use. When a copper utensil is exposed to air for a long period of time, the copper surfaces can react with the surroundings.
Over years, these chemical reactions can corrode and tarnish your shiny copper utensils, resulting in flaky orange grims and greenish patina in their appearance.
Of course, there are plenty of commercial synthetic copper cleaners available in the market but these liquids can sometimes do more harm than good.
Therefore, we are going to tell you a few easy hacks using kitchen ingredients that you can apply to clean your copper utensils in a matter of minutes. These natural cleaners are also safe, effective, and more affordable.
So, do you want to make your copper utensils look like new? Then, read on!
Lemon is one of the most sure-shot ways to clean all that corrosion from your copper utensils.
To clean a copper utensil using some lemon power, you need to simply take a lemon, cut it in 2 to 3 slices, take one slice and gently rub it gently against the utensil to get rid of the stains. Let it stay for a few minutes and then rinse it and let it dry to see the positive results.
Lemon And Salt
Lemon and Salt are two ingredients that are easily available in your homes, right? Fortunately, they are the most dependable solution to clean copper utensils together.
If the stain is too stubborn and only lemon is not working, then try adding a pinch of salt. It will give an extra power for cleaning.
For doing this, squeeze half of a lemon and mix the lemon juice in a bowl with salt to create a paste. Rub the tarnished area with this paste.
Then, leave the paste for at least 30-45 minutes and keep scrubbing it periodically. The combination of lemon and salt produces molecules of citric acid which will definitely make your utensil shine again.
Vinegar And Salt
Vinegar and Salt mixture can be effectively used to clean copper utensils.
First, you need to dissolve salt in vinegar. Then, by using a soft cloth, apply the liquid solution to the tarnished item. Keep rubbing it until all the tarnishing and grime are removed followed by rinsing and drying. If any dents in the copper are holding any grime, you can use a soft toothbrush to scrub that part.
This mixture works because the acid in the vinegar strips the oxidized patina from the copper, while the salt acts as a mild abrasive to remove the grime. Therefore, it will surely work wonders!
Also, once your copper is shiny again, you can keep it cleaner for a longer time by wiping a thin layer of mineral or linseed oil on it.
Using baking soda is one of the most efficient methods of cleaning copper utensils. Baking soda is alkaline in nature and because of this, it holds an amazing property of reacting with acids and neutralizing them.
For trying this hack, take some baking soda powder. You can either combine it with lemon or use it alone to clean the vessel. Then, rub it over the copper stains, wipe it clean with a soft cloth, and watch the resulting shine!
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If you seem to have run out of lemons, vinegar or baking soda in your kitchen and a quick fix is what you are looking for – make use of the handy ketchup. Yes, ketchup!
This condiment works amazingly on tarnished areas as it comprises of complex sugars, organic acids, starch, soda, vinegar, onion powder, and of course, tomatoes. These ingredients make it all the more tough against the flaky layer of corrosion on the utensils.
To clean your copper utensils with ketchup, spread some ketchup on the utensil and let it stay for a few minutes to allow the ketchup’s acidity to start its work here. Now, buff it with a soft scrub or a cloth until it shines. Then, rinse it and witness the positive result yourselves!
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