cleaning copper pans with vinegar

Copper is one of the best cookware material human race has ever used. Unfortunately, it is not the easiest to clean. We all know that copper can be toxic, so we must make sure that the cleaning process and material will not erode the protective coating. One of the best cleaning solution for any copper cookware is vinegar. Here is the step-by-step process and tips on cleaning copper pans with vinegar you can easily try at home.

How to Clean Copper Cookware with Vinegar

  1. First of all, of course you need to prepare the cleaning ammunition. Thankfully, you don’t have to buy fancy copper cleaners that cost plenty of money because you can get everything in your kitchen. The things you need to prepare are cleaning sponge, salt, and of course, the vinegar.
  2. Now, let’s move to the real action. Put the pan you want to wash on the kitchen sink and coat it generously with salt.
  3. Pour vinegar onto the salt-coated pan, and then add some more salt again.
  4. Wait for around 15 to 20 seconds and let the vinegar and salt do their magic.
  5. Now, it is time to get your precious copper pan clean. Grab the cleaning sponge and pour some vinegar on it.
  6. Gently rub the pan with the sponge until the stains and rusts are disappearing.
  7. Add some more salts to the pan to help removing stubborn stains and rusts.
  8. Rinse off the pan from the salt and vinegar until the pan is clean, and that’s it! See for yourself how your copper pan has become cleaner without sacrificing its metal coating.

Additional Tips

Cleaning copper pans with vinegar seems very easy, right? But before you try it, there is one thing you need to remember. No matter how stubborn the food or burn stains are, do not use abrasive scrub to clean your copper pan. Maintaining copper pan well is not only about the cleaning solution but also the scrub you use to clean. Even if you already use vinegar and salt, which is famous for its effectiveness in cleaning copper cookware, your copper pan will still be scratched heavily and the protective material will erode when you use abrasive scrub or scrub the pan aggressively. Stick with soft cloth and sponge for this purpose. If you follow this advice, your copper cookware will stay in its beautiful color for a very long time.