After I posted my cleaning hack on how to clean a copper pot with vinegar and salt, I received comments about how you could also clean a copper pot with ketchup and Bar Keepers Friend. Now, the latter made sense to me, but the former made me gag: you clean pots with a condiment? A thick, red, tomato-based condiment? I know that ketchup has vinegar as a main ingredient, so it makes sense that it would also work, but who thinks up this stuff?
Well, curiosity finally got the better of me this last week and I decided to see how well ketchup really cleans copper and how gross (or not) it is to clean with ketchup (doesn’t that seem like an oxymoron? Someone please tell me I am not the only one who thinks this is weird).
Weird, or not, I did it. And you can try it too. Because, hey, it DOES work!
To clean a copper pot you’ll need:
- a dirty copper pot
- ketchup (any brand)
- a scour pad
1. Squirt a good amount of ketchup onto the copper.
2. Spread it over all of the copper parts with the scour pad.
3. Now scrub that ketchup-covered pot!
4. Don’t forget to get the sides.
5. When you’ve scrubbed it all, rinse it off with warm water.
6. Check out the results.It’s totally weird, and totally gross (in my opinion) to clean copper with ketchup, but it totally works.
I even made a video to show you the messy process in action:
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