HOW TO KEEP YOUR COPPER VESSELS SPARKLY CLEAN
If you have just purchased a copper water bottle or any utensil, you better be prepared to take extra care to keep it clean and shiny. Oxidation – a natural process that causes the copper to react with the oxygen in the air around it, will slowly turn the bottle black. In order to keep your bottle looking good as new and of course, clean, there are simple things you can do at home.
For a healthy living, going natural is the best way. You have taken the first step towards that by bringing home a copper bottle! The next steps are easy.
There are several natural ways to clean a copper vessel/bottle. And the best part is that you probably already have the 'magic natural dishwasher' at home!
NATURAL CLEANING SOLUTIONS FOR COPPER VESSELS
- Make a solution of 50ml water and some Tamarind Juice. Add rock salt to the mix and your cleaning liquid is ready! Rub this using a soft sponge over the vessel and rinse thoroughly. Voila!
Your vessel is clean and ready to use. In case you don't have tamarind at home, use lemon juice
- To clean the insides of a bottle, pour the freshly prepared cleaning liquid into the bottle. Give it a
couple of vigorous shakes. Then rinse the bottle thoroughly with water. Now your copper bottle is clean and good to use.
- Another alternative for tamarind/ lemon juice in your cleaning solution is Vinegar. The acidity in vinegar is as potent as lemon juice and will clean up your copper vessel in a similar way.
- In case your bottle has started darkening due to the effects of oxidation, no worries. Cut a lemon in half. Sprinkle salt on one of the lemon halves and scrub the affected parts directly. The salt will act as a scrub without scratching the surface of the metal.
- For a deeper clean, make a thick paste of lemon juice and rock salt. Apply this paste to the darkened parts and leave it on for half an hour. Gently scrub it with a soft sponge (or the lemon peel) and you'll see the blackened part shining again.
- Baking Soda is another common kitchen ingredient that doubles up as an effective cleaning agent. Combine a teaspoon of baking soda with vinegar and use the paste to clean hard stains on your copper vessels.
CLEANING DO's and DON'T's
If you've bought a copper vessel or bottle with a lacquer coating, DO NOT SCRUB it. Rub it gently with a sponge or cotton swab and rinse it with running water.
Cleaning your copper vessels on a DAILY basis is highly recommended. Using the natural cleaning solutions suggested above will make sure they are in top condition and ready to use always.
If you are using a copper water bottle, wash it at least ONCE EVERY 48 HOURS to reap the best benefits.
You can use regular STORE-BOUGHT DISHWASHER only on Copper-Steel products. For products that are made purely from Copper, use the natural cleaning solution suggested above. It is not advisable to use chemical-based cleaners on pure copper products.
Once you have washed your copper vessels, DRY THEM THOROUGHLY using a soft cotton cloth. This will prevent stains left behind by dripping water and make sure your vessels look as good as new.
Before using any vessels bought from a store, make sure to wash and dry them. Using vessels directly after unpackaging is NOT A GOOD PRACTICE.