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.

You will need

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

Step 1 Store your copper pots Prevent tarnishing by storing copper pots in a low-humidity area.

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.

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.

Step 4 Re-tin copper pots Have your copper pots professionally re-tinned after a long period of use.

Step 5 Use your copper pots Get cooking! Copper pots may look attractive, but they’re really made for frequent use!