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  1. #1
    jmcquown Guest

    Default Cleaning Copper

    Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    service):

    http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html

    Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

    I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it. I
    had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. Surprise!

    Jill


  2. #2
    ImStillMags Guest

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    On Jul 15, 6:54*am, "jmcquown" <j_mcqu...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Ketchup! *from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    > service):
    >
    > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...-surprising-na...
    >
    > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.
    >
    > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it. *I
    > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. *Surprise!
    >
    > Jill


    Copper cleaner or silver cleaner does it instantaneously. I guess
    ketchup would be a good back up if you are out of cleaner.

  3. #3
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    > service):
    >
    > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >
    > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.
    >
    > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it. I
    > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. Surprise!
    >
    > Jill


    LOL!
    I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to scrub mine
    clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    the average cook has.

    IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a kitchen....that
    person never uses them or they hire someone to polish them each week.

    My Revereware pots and pans are black on the copper bottoms and they can
    stay that way as far as I'm concerned. They still work fine. :-D I'll use
    my ketchup for dogs & burgers.

    Gary

  4. #4
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    ImStillMags wrote:

    > Copper cleaner or silver cleaner does it instantaneously. I guess
    > ketchup would be a good back up if you are out of cleaner.


    Ketchup only has a trace of vinegar and citric acid. I'll bet it takes
    at least an hour.


  5. #5
    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper


    On 15-Jul-2012, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    > jmcquown wrote:
    > >
    > > Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a
    > > maid
    > > service):
    > >
    > > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    > >
    > > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a
    > > towel.
    > >
    > > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.
    > > I
    > > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware.
    > > Surprise!
    > >
    > > Jill

    >
    > LOL!
    > I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    > back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to scrub mine
    > clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    > the average cook has.


    Salt and vinegar are commonly used to remove tarnish from copper pans; given
    the amount of salt and vinegar in ketchup, I'd imagine it would do the job.
    Of course, salt and vinegar are much less expensive than ketchup and,
    generally, as widely found in the home.
    --

    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

  6. #6
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On Jul 15, 9:24*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > > Ketchup! *from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    > > service):

    >
    > >http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...-surprising-na...

    >
    > > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

    >
    > > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.. *I
    > > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. *Surprise!

    >
    > > Jill

    >
    > LOL!
    > I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    > back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. *I used to scrub mine
    > clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    > the average cook has.
    >
    > IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a kitchen....that
    > person never uses them or they hire someone to polish them each week.
    >
    > My Revereware pots and pans are black on the copper bottoms and they can
    > stay that way as far as I'm concerned. They still work fine. *:-D *I'll use
    > my ketchup for dogs & burgers.
    >
    > Gary


    I have my grandpa's copper washtub (one of those oval things with
    handles) - it has a lid, but the lid is zinc and ugly - I use the tub
    as a decorative plant holder, putting a large potted plant inside -
    don't actually put dirt in it, just use it as an outside container.

    I polish it with Red Bear copper cleaner - works great - but because
    it's such a large item, I put a buffer pad on my cordless drill and do
    the polishing the easy way. :-) Works great.

    N.

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    notbob Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On 2012-07-15, l, not -l <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Salt and vinegar are commonly used to remove tarnish from copper pans; given


    Yep. Anything with vinegar will work if you rub long enough. In the
    service, our DI told us to swipe the hot sauce off the mess hall
    tables to polish the old brass faucets and plumbing fixtures in the
    barracks. Later, when I ended up in the fire dept and could afford
    Brasso to polish all that fire engine brass, I thought I was home
    free. Nope. Damn stuff didn't work any better than Louisiana hot
    sauce.

    nb

    --
    vi --the heart of evil!



  8. #8
    Janet Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    In article <jtuknk$cbo$[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > On 15-Jul-2012, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > jmcquown wrote:
    > > >
    > > > Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a
    > > > maid
    > > > service):
    > > >
    > > > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    > > >
    > > > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > > > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > > > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a
    > > > towel.
    > > >
    > > > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.
    > > > I
    > > > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware.
    > > > Surprise!
    > > >
    > > > Jill

    > >
    > > LOL!
    > > I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    > > back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to scrub mine
    > > clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    > > the average cook has.

    >
    > Salt and vinegar are commonly used to remove tarnish from copper pans; given
    > the amount of salt and vinegar in ketchup, I'd imagine it would do the job.
    > Of course, salt and vinegar are much less expensive than ketchup and,
    > generally, as widely found in the home.


    Or just lemon juice.

    Janet

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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper


    "Gary" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]..
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    >> service):
    >>
    >> http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >>
    >> Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    >> ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    >> their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a
    >> towel.
    >>
    >> I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.
    >> I
    >> had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware.
    >> Surprise!
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    > LOL!
    > I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    > back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to scrub mine
    > clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    > the average cook has.
    >
    > IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a kitchen....that
    > person never uses them or they hire someone to polish them each week.
    >

    Sorry, sweetie. My aunt Jean was just about one of the best cooks I've ever
    known. She also had copper-clad pans. She sure didn't hire someone to
    clean it. She was legally blind. She also refinished furniture and did
    ceramics as a hobby. For all I know she used ketchup to keep her copper
    sparkling clean.

    Jill


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    Cheryl Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On 7/15/2012 9:54 AM, jmcquown wrote:
    > Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    > service):
    >
    > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >
    >
    > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.
    >
    > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.
    > I had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. Surprise!


    I like alternative cleaning methods, especially since I have cats in the
    house and no telling what they will get into. For copper I've read this:

    Copper cleaner: Paste of equal parts vinegar, salt and flour. Be sure to
    rinse completely afterward to prevent corrosion.

    You can also use baking soda to clean stainless steal.

    http://www.marc.org/environment/soli...w/saferalt.htm

  11. #11
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    Nancy2 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I have my grandpa's copper washtub (one of those oval things with
    > handles) - it has a lid, but the lid is zinc and ugly - I use the tub
    > as a decorative plant holder, putting a large potted plant inside -
    > don't actually put dirt in it, just use it as an outside container.




    I only have a small and a medium sauce pan with copper bottoms. If they
    were on display I'd polish them up. But since the reside in a drawer I
    don't bother.

    I collect copper. Mostly junky copper/tin galvanized stuff. Maybe half a
    dozen solid pieces. All of it from yard sales. On a few occassion I
    bought one piece and they unloaded all the copper they had, gratis, just
    to be rid off it.

    I went to Williams & Sonoma to by a lemon/lime juicer when I spotted a
    large solid copper salad bowl. I thought, what a show piece that is. Then
    I saw the $400 price tag. I paid for the juicer and left. It's probably
    still sitting there. It would be a waste of counter space and rarely get
    used.

    Andy

  12. #12
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On Sun, 15 Jul 2012 10:24:53 -0400, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:

    >jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    >> service):
    >>
    >> http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >>
    >> Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    >> ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    >> their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.
    >>
    >> I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it. I
    >> had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. Surprise!
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    >LOL!
    >I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    >back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to scrub mine
    >clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    >the average cook has.
    >
    >IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a kitchen....that
    >person never uses them or they hire someone to polish them each week.
    >
    >My Revereware pots and pans are black on the copper bottoms and they can
    >stay that way as far as I'm concerned. They still work fine. :-D I'll use
    >my ketchup for dogs & burgers.
    >
    >Gary


    The darker the exterior of cookware the better it cooks... those who
    shine the exterior of their cookware to a mirror finish are no kind of
    a cook, they're all show and no go.

  13. #13
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On Sun, 15 Jul 2012 14:39:48 GMT, "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >
    >On 15-Jul-2012, Gary <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >> >
    >> > Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a
    >> > maid
    >> > service):
    >> >
    >> > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >> >
    >> > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    >> > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    >> > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a
    >> > towel.
    >> >
    >> > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.
    >> > I
    >> > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware.
    >> > Surprise!
    >> >
    >> > Jill

    >>
    >> LOL!
    >> I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    >> back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to scrub mine
    >> clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    >> the average cook has.

    >
    >Salt and vinegar are commonly used to remove tarnish from copper pans; given
    >the amount of salt and vinegar in ketchup, I'd imagine it would do the job.
    >Of course, salt and vinegar are much less expensive than ketchup and,
    >generally, as widely found in the home.


    The thing is that salt and vinegar will damage copper and other
    cookware, it will cause pitting. If one insists on shiney cookware
    then use a metal polish made specifically for that particular metal...
    acid and salt is the last thing I'd use for polishing any metal.

  14. #14
    Brooklyn1 Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On Sun, 15 Jul 2012 07:54:58 -0700 (PDT), Nancy2
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Jul 15, 9:24*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    >> jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> > Ketchup! *from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    >> > service):

    >>
    >> >http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...-surprising-na...

    >>
    >> > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    >> > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    >> > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

    >>
    >> > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it. *I
    >> > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. *Surprise!

    >>
    >> > Jill

    >>
    >> LOL!
    >> I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    >> back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. *I used to scrub mine
    >> clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    >> the average cook has.
    >>
    >> IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a kitchen....that
    >> person never uses them or they hire someone to polish them each week.
    >>
    >> My Revereware pots and pans are black on the copper bottoms and they can
    >> stay that way as far as I'm concerned. They still work fine. *:-D *I'll use
    >> my ketchup for dogs & burgers.
    >>
    >> Gary

    >
    >I have my grandpa's copper washtub (one of those oval things with
    >handles) - it has a lid, but the lid is zinc and ugly - I use the tub
    >as a decorative plant holder, putting a large potted plant inside -
    >don't actually put dirt in it, just use it as an outside container.
    >
    >I polish it with Red Bear copper cleaner - works great - but because
    >it's such a large item, I put a buffer pad on my cordless drill and do
    >the polishing the easy way. :-) Works great.


    Yes, Red Bear is a very good product and is safe for copper. Another
    good copper cleaner is Twinkle... but for gays! LOL

    http://www.amazon.com/Red-Bear-Coppe.../dp/B000ROIG6Y

  15. #15
    dsi1 Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On 7/15/2012 6:08 AM, Cheryl wrote:
    >
    > I like alternative cleaning methods, especially since I have cats in the
    > house and no telling what they will get into. For copper I've read this:
    >
    > Copper cleaner: Paste of equal parts vinegar, salt and flour. Be sure to
    > rinse completely afterward to prevent corrosion.


    This sounds like a good, effective, mix. I like the idea of using just
    vinegar and salt for cleaning copper, which has the advantage of
    cleaning instantaneously - no scrubbing required! Like your method, you
    have to rinse completely. OTOH, the piece is just going to corrode
    again. If you're just displaying it, you might want to consider spraying
    it with a clear finish.

    I was into that copper bowl craze of the 70s. Those bowls sure did look
    purdy but I never found a way that I could live with them since I wanted
    to actually use the bowls for cooking. I'm so done with those things!

    >
    > You can also use baking soda to clean stainless steal.
    >
    > http://www.marc.org/environment/soli...w/saferalt.htm




  16. #16
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    On Jul 15, 10:24*am, Gary <g.maj...@att.net> wrote:
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >
    > > Ketchup! *from the following website (and also a recommendation by a maid
    > > service):

    >
    > >http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...-surprising-na...

    >
    > > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back to
    > > their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with a towel.

    >
    > > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of it.. *I
    > > had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere Ware. *Surprise!

    >
    > > Jill

    >
    > LOL!
    > I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and report
    > back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. *I used to scrub mine
    > clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes way more time than
    > the average cook has.
    >
    > IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a kitchen....that
    > person never uses them or they hire someone to polish them each week.
    >
    > My Revereware pots and pans are black on the copper bottoms and they can
    > stay that way as far as I'm concerned. They still work fine. *:-D *I'll use
    > my ketchup for dogs & burgers.
    >
    > Gary


    Ugh - bad childhood memory. My mother had a set of that Revereware
    plus the hanging rack. Of course, she wanted the copper gleaming, so
    it added to the elbow grease performance during the dish washing
    gig. When she moved, the hanging rack was never used again. I bet
    someone in the family tho is still using those pans.

  17. #17
    S Viemeister Guest

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    On 7/15/2012 11:27 AM, Janet wrote:
    > In article <jtuknk$cbo$[email protected]>, [email protected] says...


    >> Salt and vinegar are commonly used to remove tarnish from copper pans; given
    >> the amount of salt and vinegar in ketchup, I'd imagine it would do the job.
    >> Of course, salt and vinegar are much less expensive than ketchup and,
    >> generally, as widely found in the home.

    >
    > Or just lemon juice.
    >

    Or a squeezed out (used for other purposes) lemon, dipped in salt.




  18. #18
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    Very old news.

    jmcquown wrote:
    > Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a
    > maid service):
    >
    > http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >
    > Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware. Squeeze
    > ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They should go back
    > to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry with
    > a towel.
    > I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of
    > it. I had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere
    > Ware. Surprise!
    > Jill




  19. #19
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    George M. Middius wrote:
    > ImStillMags wrote:
    >
    >> Copper cleaner or silver cleaner does it instantaneously. I guess
    >> ketchup would be a good back up if you are out of cleaner.

    >
    > Ketchup only has a trace of vinegar and citric acid. I'll bet it takes
    > at least an hour.


    It does take a very long time and isn't nearly as effective as copper
    cleaner.



  20. #20
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Cleaning Copper

    Gary wrote:
    > jmcquown wrote:
    >>
    >> Ketchup! from the following website (and also a recommendation by a
    >> maid service):
    >>
    >> http://www.realsimple.com/home-organ...572/index.html
    >>
    >> Use ketchup to: Remove tarnish from copper and brass cookware.
    >> Squeeze ketchup onto a cloth and rub it on pots and pans. They
    >> should go back to their coppery color in minutes. Rinse with warm
    >> water and dry with a towel.
    >>
    >> I don't like ketchup, but like a lot of people I do have a bottle of
    >> it. I had no idea I could use it to clean my copper-clad Revere
    >> Ware. Surprise!
    >>
    >> Jill

    >
    > LOL!
    > I have lots of Revereware with copper bottoms. Try the ketchup and
    > report back. I'll bet it's a joke and won't work at all. I used to
    > scrub mine clean for a short while but finally gave up as it takes
    > way more time than the average cook has.
    >
    > IMO, if you see shiny copper bottoms of pans hanging in a
    > kitchen....that person never uses them or they hire someone to polish
    > them each week.
    >
    > My Revereware pots and pans are black on the copper bottoms and they
    > can stay that way as far as I'm concerned. They still work fine. :-D
    > I'll use my ketchup for dogs & burgers.


    Yep. I no longer polish my copper bottoms. My grandma and parents used to
    do it all the time. They were proud of the results.



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