How to Keep Copper Mugs from Tarnishing

moscow mule copper mug
Whether you dust your copper mugs or clean them with a mild detergent and warm water, both actions can keep you copper mugs from tarnishing. However, these methods alone usually will not suffice in keeping the mugs lustrous and shiny over any length of time but you can keep the mugs gleaming and shining by using natural cleaners you can find in your cabinets and cupboards at home.

The secret to preventing tarnish is to protect the copper finish from the effects of oil and air. You do not need to use caustic ingredients in order to achieve the effect. Use the following ingredients to keep copper mugs shining and tarnish-free, you’ll need a combination of the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups of concentrated lemon juice
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of white vinegar (only for the really stubborn stains)
  • ½ cup ammonia (for extreme cases of tarnish)
  • A sponge
  • A pair of gloves

Combine the salt and lemon juice, making sure the salt is fully dissolved. Next, dip the sponge into the mix and rub the tarnished copper with vigor. This may be all the effort that is needed to reclaim that golden gleam that defines the polished metal.

However, if rubbing lemon/salt mixture on the surface doesn’t get the job done, kick it up a notch and add white vinegar and re-scrub the surface. If the tarnish still persists, add the ammonia and rub the surface again. Its a good idea to wear gloves during the process to protect your hands and keep any finger smudges off the metal.

hammered copper moscow mule mug
If you want your copper mugs to stay glistening and gleaming, then you can mix up a batch of tarnish cleaner and place it in a tightly sealed jar and keep it around so its handy. To make the natural cleaner at home, follow the process below:

  • Mix small and equal amounts of flour, powdered detergent and salt together and add ¾ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup lime juice and one-half cup lukewarm water to the mix. After mixing all the ingredients, transfer the cleaner into glass jar and tightly close it.

Use a small scrap of cloth (perhaps an old towel) to clean your copper mugs and a toothbrush for reaching the inaccessible spots. After polishing and cleaning the copper, rinse each mug thoroughly with water and wipe the surface dry with a clean and dry cloth.

Using this natural copper cleaner will preserve the look of copper mugs and keep the tankards shining and looking pristine for a long, long time.

“How to Keep Copper Mugs from Tarnishing” is a very common question but hopefully these tip can help keep your mugs looking great for years to come.


How to Keep Copper Mugs from Tarnishing