7 Genius Ways To Easily Clean Dirty Copper Bottom Pots And Pans

Copper bottom pots and pans are a great addition to any cookware set. It has a very classy design that will surely catch any visitor's eye. And not only does it look good, but it also cooks good food because of its heat conductivity properties.

However, if you own a set of copper cookware, I'm sure you must have struggled with keeping them clean. Luckily for you, there are a couple of things you could try at home to easily clean your copper bottom cookware. You might even be surprised once you learn about some of the items on this list.


Cleaning Copper Bottom Pots and Pans

Unless you always have time to clean up your cookware thoroughly in the kitchen, you must have noticed a couple of built up grease stains around your pots and pans. These stains can be quite difficult to remove especially when they've been there for a long time.

But don't worry, cause here are a couple of easy things you can try to quickly wipe those grease stains away without damaging your copper pots and pans.

Cottage Cheese


Pass the cheese, please! But don't get your nachos or chips just yet, cause you won't be using this cheese for eating. I know it might sound surprising, but you can clean copper pots and pans with some cottage cheese.

What's great about using cottage cheese is that you wouldn't even have to do some heavy scrubbing to remove the stains. All you'll have to do is spread a thin layer of cottage cheese on the stained area, and just wait for about five minutes.

Once five minutes has passed, you can now wipe the cheese off with a moist rag, and you'll end up with a clean stain free pan.

Apple Cider Vinegar


Little fun fact, vinegar makes for a great cleaning product because of its antibacterial properties. Since vinegar acts as a great cleaning product, there's no harm in trying it on a dirty copper pan.

However, when cleaning delicate cookware, you should use apple cider vinegar instead of other kinds of vinegar since it contains lower amounts of acid.

To start cleaning your copper pots and pans with some apple cider vinegar, try getting a rag and use it to rub apple cider vinegar over the stained area. This might take some time, but a couple of minutes into it, you will see your copper pan shine once again.



If you like drinking beer, then you might be surprised that your favorite beverage can actually be used as cookware cleaner. Beers are somewhat acidic, making them perfect for cleaning copper pots and pans.

To make your copper pots and pans nice and shiny, you can try soaking them in beer over a couple of hours. After soaking your cookware, you may use a clean, moist rag to wipe off the stains.

So next time you have some leftover beer from a party, don't just throw them away in the sink, use them to clean your pots and pans instead.

Salt and Vinegar


Salt and vinegar aren't just nice flavorings for food, and they can also make for good cookware cleaners. Just like beer, vinegar is acidic, which means it can be good for cleaning copper pots and pans. You can use any vinegar to mix with salt, but I personally prefer using plain white vinegar because it is cheaper and easily accessible.

To start removing the stains in your pans, sprinkle some salt and pour some vinegar over the stained areas. After a couple of minutes, just wipe it off with a clean, moist rag, and you'll end up with a clean pot.

Lemon and Salt


If you think lemons are only good for lemonades, then you are highly mistaken. Lemons contain plenty of acids, which makes it a perfect cleaning material. To start cleaning your stained pots and pans with lemon, slice up a couple of lemon wedges and prepare some salt.

Once you have your lemon wedges ready, dip them in some salt and gently rub it onto the stained area. As you rub the lemon against your copper pot or pan, you will immediately see its effect.

After you have successfully removed the stains, do not forget to wipe your pot or pan with a clean, moist piece of fabric. Because leaving salt on your pots and pans can lead to rusting, check thoroughly to make sure that there are no grains of salt left,

Aluminum Foil


If you consistently use scrub pads to clean you pans but are currently out of pads to use, you can always rely on the aluminum foil in your cupboard. You can scrub away pot or pan stains by crumpling up a piece of aluminum foil and rubbing it gently against the stain.

However, this may take a bit of elbow grease since you won't be using any other cleaning materials that can soften the stain. If the stain is a bit hard to remove, you may try soaking it in water for several moments first before you take to scrubbing.

Baking Soda


If your dishwashing liquid can't effectively do the job of removing that stain on your copper pot or pan, then maybe you should make yourself a stronger cookware cleaner by improvising with some baking soda and water.

Baking soda is a fabulous cleansing agent because of the chemical reaction it produces once mixed with water. To clean your cookware using baking soda, sprinkle some baking soda over the stained area in your pot or pan, and then add some water to it and watch it work its magic.

After removing the stains, gently wash your pot or pan with some water and dry it completely with a clean piece of cloth.

Cream of Tartar


Discolored copper pots or pans can easily be made shiny once again with some cream of tartar and water. To start restoring your copper pot or pan's original shine, you must first heat a liter of water until it boils.

Add two tablespoons of tartar into the water until completely dissolved once the water has reached boiling temperature, .

While the water is still hot, put it in a large container or your sink with the drain cover on, and soak your pot or pan in the hot mixture. Wait a couple of minutes, and see how easy it is to remove the stain on your pot or pan.

Fabric Softener


If you are tired of scrubbing stains away, you can try soaking your copper cookware in some fabric softener instead. Apparently, fabric softener doesn't only work as an effective cloth softener; it can also soften grease stains as well.

To clean your copper pots and pans using a fabric softener, fill your pot or pan with some water along with a couple squirts of liquid fabric softener. Leave it to soak for until the stain can easily be wiped away.

After cleaning your pot or pan with some fabric softener, thoroughly clean it with normal dishwashing soap and rinse it with some water to make sure there are no fabric softener residues left.



Did you know you can rely on your good old freezer when you end up with a pot or pan that has some burnt food stuck on it?

If you somehow left your pan or pot on the stove too long while cooking, you may find some burnt food inside it that can be really hard to remove. If you try scrubbing your pot or pan as it is, you may exhaust yourself and even damage your pan.

To avoid this, you can put your pan in your freezer for a couple of hours. You will see that once the burnt food has become frozen, it will be a lot easier to remove.



Have you ever heard of the hack that ketchup can be used to make coins look good as new? Well since some coins are partly made of copper, you can also use ketchup to make your copper pots and pans look good as new.

To make your pots and pans shiny again, all you'll need to do is put some ketchup over the tarnished area and let its settle for about thirty minutes.

Once the thirty minutes has passed, you may now wipe your pot or pan clean using a clean, moist rag. Make sure to wipe your pot or pan completely free of ketchup too.

Keeping Your Pots and Pans Clean

Now that you know a couple of ways to keep your copper pots and pans clean, you will no longer have to worry about those stubborn grease stains. Remember that you should also keep your copper pots and pans completely dry when storing them to avoid rust build up.

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