Cleaning Copper

Why You Need to Clean Copper

Copper will naturally tarnish over time, due to its exposure to the air and the sweat on your skin. Because of this, some copper jewellery is sold with a coating to prevent tarnishing. Now, that can be pretty handy, but2ground never coats copper as it can have a few drawbacks:

  • In our case, the copper is meant to make contact with your skin, not with a protective coating, as the coating increases the resistance between the copper and your skin.
  • Depending on the kind of material used to permanently coat the metal, it can sometimes become damaged over time, flaking away and looking pretty bad.
  • Some permanent varnishes have a slight cloudiness to them, which can worsen with age.

Here’s some simple ways to clean copper…

Lemon juice and salt:

how to clean copper jewelry

Using Lemon Juice and Salt, you can literally sit back and watch the copper clean itself in front of you. We’ve only used a small amount in the pictures below, so that we could show you a before & after on the same cuff. You can and should use enough lemon juice to cover the surface of the cuff, and about a tablespoon of salt.

how to clean copper jewelry

A tarnished Copper Cuff ready for dipping.

cleaning copper jewelry with lemons

We dipped the cuff half-in, half-out at first, but that was just to get the comparison below. Leave it in the mixture of lemon juice & salt for about 30-60 seconds.

lemon and sea salt copper jewerly cleaner\

You can easily see the results.


A beautiful, shiny copper cuff, all done. All you have to do now is rinse & dry with a soft cotton towel or paper towels.

Other methods…

Vinegar and salt:
Rub a mixture of 1 tablespoon of table salt and 1 cup of white vinegar onto the copper with a soft cloth and rinse. Or, immerse the tarnished copper into a pot of 3 cups of water and the salt-vinegar mixture, bring to a boil and boil until the grime and tarnish comes off. Once the copper is cool, wash it with soap and water, rinse and rub with a soft cloth.

Not just for your burgers, a small amount of this common kitchen condiment can be rubbed onto tarnished copper to restore its natural luster. Then rinse and dry.

Baking soda:
Combine this mineral with lemon juice to clean copper naturally, or sprinkle just baking soda onto a cloth and polish the tarnished copper.


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