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Video:4 Ways to Clean Copper Naturally

with Karla Dehncke

Copper items are a great find at yard sales and flea markets, but they don't always shine to their full potential after years of wear. See how to naturally clean copper using simple household items that will have your treasure looking like new.See Transcript

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Transcript:4 Ways to Clean Copper Naturally

Hi, I'm Karla Dehncke and welcome to About.com. You never know what you're going to find at Flea Markets and Yard Sales. They can provide an economical choice for home improvement and decoration.

But sometimes when you bring an item home, the next step is cleaning it and getting all the dust and grime off. This copper item I found recently needs a little shine. About.com's Flea Markets and Yard Sales expert Jace Shoemaker-Galloway recommends trying these simple and natural homemade solutions.

Clean Copper With Lemon

Lemon - To remove tarnish from copper, cut a lemon in half and dip the lemon in salt. Rub the salted lemon over the entire copper piece, thoroughly rinse and buff.

Clean Copper With Ketchup

Ketchup - Dab ketchup or tomato paste onto a clean cloth and rub on the copper piece. Completely rinse and shine.

Clean Copper With Vinegar

Vinegar - To make your copper pieces extra shiny, dip a clean cloth in vinegar. Dab the wet cloth in salt and apply to copper. Rinse well and buff.

Clean Copper With Paste

Paste - Mix together equal parts of flour, salt, and vinegar into a paste. Rub on copper with a clean cloth, rinse and shine.

Copper Cleaning Tips

Some copper pieces are copper plated. Before you clean or polish metal, test in an inconspicuous area prior to use. When working with valuable antiques or collectibles, contact a professional prior to cleaning or refurbishing. Wow, talk about a shine

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