Tips on Cleaning Copper Bottom Pans

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Tips on Cleaning Copper Bottom Pans
Caring for copper bottom pots can keep them looking brand new. (kitchen image by AGITA LEIMANE from

Copper bottom pots are a decorative addition to your kitchen, but in most cases, the pans must perform cooking duties as well. The copper section of the pan can become tarnished over time, as well as stained from burnt-on foods. Giving the pans a good cleaning with substances that specifically clean copper pans will restore the shine and beauty of the pots and pans in your kitchen.


A lemon cut in half and dipped in salt can clean the bottom of a tarnished copper bottom pot or pan. You must rub the lemon half over the spots and tarnish on the bottom of the pans. Once the tarnish is eliminated, rinse away the lemon juice and salt and buff to a shine. Lemon juice cleans with citric acid and can be used to clean a number of surfaces in the kitchen in an environmentally friendly way.


Ketchup spread on the bottom of copper bottom pans and pots can remove years of tarnish. Wipe away the ketchup when the tarnish is gone, and rinse the pots and pans thoroughly. Worcestershire sauce works equally well to remove the tarnish on copper pots and pans.

Vinegar, Salt and Flour

A paste made from salt, vinegar and flour applied to the bottom of copper pots and pans can remove built-up tarnish and burnt-on foods. You must rub the paste onto the bottom of the pans to remove the tarnish. Rinse the mixture from the pans with clean water, and buff out the pan with a dry cloth to shine.

Range Top

Keeping the top of an electric range clean is essential to preventing burnt-on foods from transferring to the bottom of copper pans. Always wipe down the range top to remove grease and foods from the coils on an electric range to keep copper-bottomed pots and pans as clean as possible.

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