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What is an effective copper cleaning solution?

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Lemon juice and salt effectively cleans copper pans, and a mixture of lemon juice, cornstarch and salt removes tarnish. A mixture of baking soda and lemon juice also effectively cleans copper.

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Commercial copper polish is also available, and is used according to the directions on the product packaging. When cleaning copper with a baking soda or cornstarch paste, wash the item in warm water and vegetable-oil based soap, such as Castile soap, after polishing. To clean copper pans, pour salt onto a lemon wedge, and scrub the pans with the lemon before washing and rinsing as usual. Dry the copper item immediately after washing.

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