How to Care for Copper Pots

Extend the life and luster of your copper pots with a few items that are probably in your kitchen.


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You Will Need

  • A soft cloth
  • Mild dish detergent
  • Warm water
  • Lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Ketchup
  • A steel wool pad


  1. Never heat copper pots lined with tin over a high flame – it will cause the lining to melt and toxic copper to seep through to your food.

  2. Step 1

    Store your copper pots

    Prevent tarnishing by storing copper pots in a low-humidity area.

  3. Step 2

    Clean the tin lining

    Use a soft cloth, mild dish detergent, and warm water to clean the tin lining inside a copper pot.

  4. Gently rubbing the inside of the pot in a circular motion helps maintain the tin's quality.

  5. Step 3

    Clean the copper

    Rub the outside of the copper pot with a paste made from one part lemon juice and three parts kosher salt. Wash thoroughly with soap and water.

  6. For really tough stains use ketchup and a steel wool pad.

  7. Step 4

    Re-tin copper pots

    Have your copper pots professionally re-tinned after a long period of use.

  8. Step 5

    Use your copper pots

    Get cooking! Copper pots may look attractive, but they're really made for frequent use!

  9. The Copper Age dates from 5500 to 3000 B.C.