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5 Easy Cleaning Tips for Metal

Copper-Bottomed Pots and Pans

Tarnish on copper-bottomed pots and pans may feel like the final straw in long line of kitchenware that seems to resist ever coming clean. But don't give in; this clean-up is not as difficult as you think.

To remove tarnish from a copper-bottomed pan or pot, turn the cookware upside down, wet the copper surface with white vinegar, sprinkle on some salt, scrub with a clean rag or paper towel and rinse. Didn't get all the tarnish? Just repeat the process until the entire copper bottom shines like that brand-new penny you didn't have to spend to get the pots clean.