Clean your copper, with KETCHUP!

I love me some metal decor. Give me all the copper, bronze, galvanized and gold! The way different metals can mesh with wood decor (my other favorite!), and bring in some visual interest and color, is such a fun and easy way to polish off any look.

But hold on- did I mention polish?

Not the “P” word. That will send any Mama who has mouths to feed and toilets to scrub running.

“Oh me? Yeah I’m just relaxing here, sipping a latte and polishing my gold candlesticks”…. SAID NO ONE EVER.

So I’m going to teach you an incredibly easy, and sort of mind-blowing trick to clean the tarnish off of copper. Copper is seen so much these days, it’s most definitely on trend and for good reason. It’s timeless, beautiful, and works well alongside almost any color scheme in your home. This trick is so easy, you can literally do this task while feeding your kids lunch.

Cleaning Your Copper With KETCHUP!

First gather a few supplies:

  1. 1-2 Bottles of Ketchup (you will use more depending on how tarnished the copper is)
  2. Paper Towels or a soft cloth
  3. Dry towelcopper1.jpg

Heinz, Tomato Ketchup, 14oz Squeeze Bottle (Pack of 2)

Bounty Select-a-Size Paper Towels, White, Huge Roll, 12 Count

Now, you’re ready to clean:

  1. Squirt a healthy amount of ketchup on the surface of your copper, and rub it in gently with a paper towel or soft cloth.
  2. Let it sit for a minute or two, and then rinse all the ketchup off in the sink.
  3. Dry your copper well, and repeat this process until you have achieved your desired cleanliness.

You may think I am crazy, but see for yourself. Without scrubbing, and using ketchup alone, you will literally start to see the tarnish melt off, and the shiny metal show through. It’s important to not scrub with an abrasive sponge because this may scratch your metal. Not cute.

This was my result after applying the FIRST coat of ketchup, with NO scrubbing!

And this was my finished product! To achieve this result, I did 4 coats of ketchup due to the level of tarnish on my copper, and payed extra attention to the crevices behind the handles. These areas required thick coats. For this project, MORE IS MORE. Do not be afraid of the ketchup! It will not hurt your metal. They love each other, I promise.


And now, while I’m relaxing, sipping my latte… (read: chugging cold coffee out of pure caffeine desperation), I have this view… (read: a beautiful shiny object that catches my eye beyond the spilled milk I’m currently ignoring on the kitchen floor).

I hope this tip helps you to bring your tired copper back to life! What unexpected household item do you use to clean? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Big Hugs,


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