How to Clean Copper Naturally… No More Nasty Chemicals and Harsh Fumes!

Aug 17, 2015 | A Well Kept Home, The Home Economist | 5 comments

The time had come.

Twice a year I clean my copper.

I do love the patina but by the time half-a-year rolls around it’s time to spruce it up a bit… I mean wow. Those pots and pans take a beating. Bacon grease… dust… daily use. Did I mention bacon grease? We eat a lot of bacon.

I hate cleaning copper, I hate cleaning product fumes. I can’t even walk down that aisle at the grocery store without practically dying! So it was time to bust out the tomato sauce.

Yeap – that’s right.

How to Clean Copper Naturally?

Tomato sauce (puree, ketchup…) cleans copper right up. Yep. Tomato sauce. If it’s filthy you may need to bust out the copper scouring pads but otherwise bathing your copper in tomato sauce will clean your copper like a mofo.

Did I say that?

How to Clean Copper Naturally

I’m in full cookbook mode. I mean… that’s all I do. Or at least that’s what it feels like. Bake food, cook food, stage food, photograph food, write about food. This little beauty “From France to the Farm” will be available on Amazon before you can say toute de suite!

Over and over again. AND – I mean I still have to do the laundry for these people… can you believe that? Like clean underwear is some sort of God given right?? This cookbook is a total, homespun labour of love and I just can’t WAIT to hold it in my hot little hands. How about you?

My kitchen has taken SUCH a beating – even more than normal, so this easy-peasy copper cleaning routine saved my butt.  Perhaps it will save yours!

Here’s a pin to spread the love on How to Clean Copper Naturally!

How to Clean Copper Naturally: 1 Got Patina? Want shine? 2 Tomato sauce for 30 minutes... 3 Brilliant copper!

Thanks for reading. Amitiés!!! Angela Parisienne Farmgirl


  1. Amber~FPH

    Who would have thought? I don’t have full blown copper pots but I do have a set of pots with copper bottoms that I’ll be spiffing up. After seeing your post and how beautiful your kitchen is with all that copper makes me want to hunt for some pieces. 🙂

  2. peggy

    This is just great since it’s a chore that gets put off. Yet am crazy for shining copper. Thanks, will open the can now.

  3. Dore

    I have heard of this method before, I so wish I had kept many ears ago the few pieces of copper I had…I now wish I could dind some great pieces to add I to the mix of my all clad that you just have to wash with dish soap nothing exciting to cleaning them….

    When o a shoot with Fifi in Santa Barbara Ca. I was so jealous of Renee Werners home, she had old matte finish to what appeared to look like all-Clad yet very New Orleans chef style kitchen. So worn and beat up and not a speck of stainless shine to them… They all hung in an amounting bunch from her pot rack over her amazing French center island… You know Angela her home in many ways felt like yours, she was pale in worn whites yet muted French colours of yellows, blue, reds, and greens, and so obtainable in how she collectect salvaged pieces.

    Love your new kitchen doors in place of the fabric that I also loved…. You just keep stepping it up, and it so imspires me to add more French colour.
    Aged with dusting of old world.

    See you soon….l@@king forward to the cook book.


  4. Dore

    Ooop’s! Over look this spelling… Read between the lines of that darn spell check.


  5. Rose

    Trying it right now with my copper measuring cups! Wish me luck! Your blog is AWESOME!! Can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook!!


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