Cleaning a Vintage Copper Pitcher

Happy Friday Friends!

I am looking forward to a weekend away visiting my girlfriend. We have a weekend of thrifting, antiquing, and reconnecting planned…my favorite kind of plans!

Last weekend I came across this copper pitcher at a thrift store.  It was 25% off day at the store so I paid only $5 for it.

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The item was really tarnished, but the brass copper combo really stood out to me and I hoped I could give it a little love to bring back the great patina it once had. Usually I love and don’t mind time-worn copper, but this little pitcher was so tarnished it was hard to even see that it was copper.

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My Mom was with me while thrifting and thought she had read somewhere that ketchup cleans copper. Knowing that I always have a stock of ketchup on hand at home I decided to give it a try. I put rubbed on a layer of ketchup and let the pitcher sit for about an hour.

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After letting it sit for the hour I began wiping of the layer of ketchup. I was instantly amazed at the results, but found some areas still had areas of dark tarnish. This prompted me to add another layer of ketchup to those specific areas.

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On the second time around I let the ketchup sit on the pitcher for about 30 mins. I was rather impatient and wanted to see the end results! The remaining dark spots came right off upon wiping the ketchup off.

I couldn’t be happier with the results! The pitcher is now so pretty and perfect Fall!

 

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What do you think?

I would love to hear any of your tips and tricks for cleaning vintage finds! Please share in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Cleaning a Vintage Copper Pitcher

  1. You really scored with the copper pitcher. I’ve tried ketchup to clean brass and it worked pretty well. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle.

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