Wednesday , 2 December 2020
How to Clean Copper Jewelry in 60 Seconds

How to Clean Copper Jewelry in 60 Seconds

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Woah! That’s quite a claim, right? For anyone who’s sat with a yucky, tarnished piece of copper jewelry and wondered how on earth they’re meant to clean it, this post is for you. I promise you can get fantastic results for your copper jewelry, cuff bracelets or otherwise, in a minute. This is a repost of one of my older blog posts: Cleaning Copper The Easy Way.

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, but I’ve never done it at Elfen Hardd (yet) as it can have a few drawbacks:

  1. Depending on the kind of material used to permanently coat the metal, it can sometimes become damaged over time, flaking away and looking pretty darned disgusting.
  2. If someone is buying a copper cuff for its supposed benefits, having a coating on the metal will presumably lessen the effect of wearing it.
  3. Some permanent varnishes have a slight cloudiness to them, which can worsen with age. This can make your once beautiful jewellery look dull and uninteresting.

I’m still playing with possibilities for coatings for some of my jewellery, but I don’t think I’ll ever coat the cuffs. So in the meantime we need a nice easy way to get them clean! Read on for awesomeness!

The Power of Lemons!

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Using Lemon Juice and Salt, you can literally sit back and watch the copper clean itself in front of you. I’ve only used a small amount in the pictures below, so that I 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. It’s not an exact science, I even left the seeds in!

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Yuck! A tarnished Copper Cuff ready for dipping

cleaning copper jewelry with lemons

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

lemon and sea salt copper jewerly cleaner\

I challenge you to not make an ‘oooh’ sound. Just me? Fine, I’m easily pleased. :p


A beautiful, shiny copper cuff, all done. All you have to do now is rinse & dry with a soft cotton towel or paper towels. Polish it with some beeswax or renaissance wax if you want to protect it for a little longer.

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  1. Great post! I can’t wait to try this on some of the copper jewellery I made for myself ages ago! :)

  2. I’ve used this mixture to scrub all sorts of things but never thought to use it on my jewelry. Thanks. I actually save squeezed lemon rinds, flip them inside out, and add salt, to use as a scrub brush.

  3. I knew about the lemon, as we used to soak our old pennies in lemon juice, but not about the water! This is great, thanks!

  4. Wow! What a results and just with simple lemon juice! I have a few copper rings and I will try this to make them shining!

  5. Not only ketchup, but any tomato based product works on copper. I have years of experience with this, because I have my grandmother’s copper-bottom Revere Ware, and I make spaghetti, sloppy Joes, and lasagna often. Just place an item in the pan as it’s soaking and come back in an hour. It even works diluted with water you soak the dishes in–before you add soap.

    Best regards!
    South Woodford Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  6. I have copper earrings and I love them. The thing is that they have tarnish coverage and I should clean that. I had no idea that I can clean my earrings with lemon juice! I thought that I should buy some special cleaning product for copper. Thank you for this post!

  7. What patina did you use for the lettering? LOS or some other blackening agent? Why did it not come off in the lemon bath?

  8. P.s. Duration of time that they must sit in the lemon?

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