How to clean copper pans – using baking soda

Baking soda is something of a miracle product when it comes to the home. Not only is it excellent for baking and cooking, but it’s great when it comes to cleaning as well. Baking soda is an excellent, effective and low cost way of disinfecting, deodorising and whitening – and it even works when it comes to cleaning post and pans.

How to clean copper pans with baking soda

Before polishing a copper pan, or any copper item really, you will want to give it a gentle wash.

Get your copper nice and sudsy with dish soap and warm water.

Using a soft, non-abrasive sponge and a bit of elbow grease, get as much dirt off as you can.

Copper pans and pots are normally lined with tin or stainless steel, and this initial cleaning is gentle enough for both materials.

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When it comes to cleaning a copper pan with baking soda, there’s two ways you can go about the job.

For this method, you will need baking soda, white vinegar and half a lemon.

Start by turning the pan upside down and sprinkling baking soda all over the copper bottom.

Pour vinegar all over the bottom of the pan, over the baking soda.

If you want to opt out of using the vinegar, the second method uses just baking soda and lemon juice.

Combine lemon juice with baking soda in a small bowl.

Mix together until it creates a paste consistency, ideal for cleaning with.

Apply the baking soda and lemon juice to the bottom of the pan, or wherever it is you need to clean.

Buff in circular motions with a non-abrasive sponge or clean cloth.

Rinse with warm water and then dry with a clean cloth, at which point your pan should be nice and clean.

If you find your stains are tougher than normal or you’re trying to clean a pan that’s a bit old, repeat the methods as necessary.

If you don’t have baking soda at home, you can try the exact same cleaning method with ketchup instead.

The tomatoes in the ketchup contain an acid that helps clean off tarnish as well, as an added bonus.

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