The Best Non Toxic Cleaners You Already Have

The Best Non Toxic Cleaners You Already Have

Trent Johnson
Feb 10, 2009

In part two of The Best Non Toxic Cleaners You Already Own, we explore a variety of products for cleaning copper - think pots & pans, door knobs, house numbers, coins, or if you're lucky enough, a sink or counter.

The key to cleaning copper is to use something acidic. So what's around the typical household that might do the job?

  • Hot Sauce: Hot sauce: Simply rub it on dulled copper, rinse with water, and polish clean with a soft rag.
  • Lemon: Cut a lemon in half and dip the lemon in salt. Rub the salted lemon over the entire copper piece, thoroughly rinse and buff.
  • Ketchup: Dab ketchup or tomato paste onto a clean cloth and rub on the copper piece. Completely rinse and shine.
  • 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.
  • Paste: Mix together equal parts of flour, salt, and vinegar into a paste. Rub on copper with a clean cloth, rinse and shine.


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

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