How to Clean a Copper Kettle

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How to Clean a Copper Kettle
A clean copper kettle enhances kitchen decor. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Recognised for their lustrous appearance, uniform heat conductivity and longevity, copper kettles are favoured by professional chefs and homeowners. Despite their durability and aesthetic appeal, copper kettles require regular maintenance like any cookware. A copper kettle's interior surfaces develop limescale and stains from water and beverages, while its shiny exterior surfaces become oily from fingerprints. Copper can also tarnish and develop green corrosion, if neglected. Clean your copper kettle after each use to preserve its gleam for many years.

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Things you need

  • 1/4 tsp dish soap
  • Soft kitchen sponge
  • 2 tbsp table salt
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Container
  • Spoon
  • Cleaning rag
  • Clean towel

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  1. 1

    Squeeze 1/4 tsp of dish soap onto a soft kitchen sponge. Soak the sponge with very warm water to form soapsuds.

  2. 2

    Wipe the soapy sponge over the kettle's interior surfaces and exterior surfaces, including the handle, spout and lid. Remove all oil and smudges from the exterior copper surfaces.

  3. 3

    Rinse the kettle's interior and exterior copper surfaces with flowing water. Wash out the soapsuds.

  4. 4

    Examine the kettle's interior and exterior copper surfaces for limescale and stains. If crusty scale and stubborn grime persist on the kettle, mix 2 tbsp of table salt with 1/4 cup of white vinegar in a container. Stir the paste with a spoon.

  5. 5

    Spread the gritty paste over the limescale and stubborn stains on the kettle's interior and exterior surfaces. Keep the paste on the copper for 10 minutes.

  6. 6

    Moisten a cleaning rag with water. Wipe the soaked cleaning rag over the kettle's interior and exterior copper surfaces to detach and rinse out the paste.

  7. 7

    Fill the copper kettle halfway with water. Heat the kettle over the stove until the water boils. Boiling water in the kettle releases any stuck-on paste and grime from the kettle's interior surfaces.

  8. 8

    Pour the boiling water out of the kettle.

  9. 9

    Dry the kettle's interior and exterior copper surfaces with a clean towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Substitute buttermilk for the white vinegar.
  • Copper is soft; steel wool and abrasive products can scratch the kettle.

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