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« Topic Start: February 23, 2008, 08:24:34 pm »

We've got this fantastic copper tea kettle, only the inside is absolutely filthy and has a lot of built up calcium deposits. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to clean it? The handle also isn't tall enough to really get your hand in there, so I'm supposing we're just going to have to soak it in something. Would vinegar do the trick?
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« Reply #1: February 23, 2008, 08:45:04 pm »

We've got this fantastic copper tea kettle, only the inside is absolutely filthy and has a lot of built up calcium deposits. Does anyone have any suggestion on how to clean it? The handle also isn't tall enough to really get your hand in there, so I'm supposing we're just going to have to soak it in something. Would vinegar do the trick?

http://www.vinegartips.com/cleaning/

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.

(I've never done it, but vinegar and baking soda seem to do just about everything. And for anything else, there's duct tape and WD 40.)
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« Reply #2: February 23, 2008, 08:51:04 pm »

http://www.vinegartips.com/cleaning/

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.

(I've never done it, but vinegar and baking soda seem to do just about everything. And for anything else, there's duct tape and WD 40.)

Cool, thanks a lot. I'm a little tea-deprived, lol.
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« Reply #3: February 23, 2008, 08:55:53 pm »

Get rid of lime deposits in a tea kettle by adding 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the water and letting it sit overnight. If more drastic action is needed, boil full-strength white distilled vinegar in the kettle a few minutes, let cool and rinse with plain water.

Our steel kettle is all ick like that. Maybe I'll have to try that.

To clean copper that I work with I use a mixture of salt and lemon juice. I don't know about lime deposits though.

Be careful with vinegar and copper leaving it sit too long. Vinegar removes tarnish by eating away at the copper.
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« Reply #4: February 23, 2008, 10:30:41 pm »

Our steel kettle is all ick like that. Maybe I'll have to try that.

To clean copper that I work with I use a mixture of salt and lemon juice. I don't know about lime deposits though.

Be careful with vinegar and copper leaving it sit too long. Vinegar removes tarnish by eating away at the copper.

The vinegar's doing really well on the lime already. I was cleaning the outside of it too, with ketchup. That stuff is amazing. Are the insides of copper pots actually copper? Ours looks like it's coated with another metal on the inside.
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« Reply #5: February 24, 2008, 12:35:32 am »

The vinegar's doing really well on the lime already. I was cleaning the outside of it too, with ketchup. That stuff is amazing. Are the insides of copper pots actually copper? Ours looks like it's coated with another metal on the inside.

Depends upon the pot. Most of the ones I've seen are all copper.  What's the other material look like?
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« Reply #6: February 24, 2008, 05:46:15 am »

The vinegar's doing really well on the lime already. I was cleaning the outside of it too, with ketchup. That stuff is amazing. Are the insides of copper pots actually copper? Ours looks like it's coated with another metal on the inside.

I was going to suggest ketchup if you hadn't already mentioned it. Again it's  mostly the vinegar that does the business - the ketchup just makes it stick to the sides although the acid in the tomatoes may help a bit too! This trick was taught to me by a professional antique restorer and I've used it on some incredibly tarnished metals with great results.

As for the inside of your pot - yes it could very well be lined. Copper is a reactive metal (hence the tarnish!) and it can taint the contents.
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« Reply #7: February 24, 2008, 08:36:25 am »

(I've never done it, but vinegar and baking soda seem to do just about everything. And for anything else, there's duct tape and WD 40.)
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I won't keep house without vinegar and baking soda (the duct tape and WD-40 not quite as much, but pretty close).  I have done the vinegar thing to remove scale from kettles - it should be done every few months - and it works very well.  It also works as a de-scaler for coffeemakers, or any time the minerals in your water leave a deposit on just about anything.

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« Reply #8: February 24, 2008, 11:50:58 am »

As for the inside of your pot - yes it could very well be lined. Copper is a reactive metal (hence the tarnish!) and it can taint the contents.

The copper I have is lined with anodized aluminum. Also, in regard to cleaning a coffee maker with vinegar, you have to be careful b/c too much will make your coffee taste really bad. I prefer to use this stuff
http://www.urnex.com/cleancaf.htm
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« Reply #9: February 24, 2008, 12:15:19 pm »

Depends upon the pot. Most of the ones I've seen are all copper.  What's the other material look like?

Looks more like steal or something. It's definitely not copper.
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« Reply #10: February 24, 2008, 12:23:35 pm »

Looks more like steal or something. It's definitely not copper.

then it's aluminum or tin.
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« Reply #11: February 24, 2008, 02:39:35 pm »

We've got this fantastic copper tea kettle, only the inside is absolutely filthy and has a lot of built up calcium deposits.

This is for after it's cleaned. My grandmother used to keep a marble in her tea kettle. It bounces around while the water boils and breaks up the deposts and in part keeps them from sticking. It does help although the deposits will still build up, just slower and less thickly.
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« Reply #12: February 24, 2008, 02:54:59 pm »

Also, in regard to cleaning a coffee maker with vinegar, you have to be careful b/c too much will make your coffee taste really bad.

That's why you run 2 or 3 pots of water through afterwards to rinse it out. Wink

We used that Urnex stuff where I used to work, to clean out the coffee pots. I didn't see anything real special about it...but if it works go for it.

This is for after it's cleaned. My grandmother used to keep a marble in her tea kettle. It bounces around while the water boils and breaks up the deposts and in part keeps them from sticking. It does help although the deposits will still build up, just slower and less thickly.

Oh good idea! Cheesy
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« Reply #13: February 24, 2008, 03:54:33 pm »

Looks more like steal or something. It's definitely not copper.

LOTS of copper pots are lined with tin.
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« Reply #14: February 24, 2008, 11:39:11 pm »

That's why you run 2 or 3 pots of water through afterwards to rinse it out. Wink

We used that Urnex stuff where I used to work, to clean out the coffee pots. I didn't see anything real special about it...but if it works go for it.

I used to do the vinegar, but it was just too dicey to get the taste out. With the other stuff, it never happens.
Also, in some cases, the tin or aluminum on a pot is so badly worn that it has to be replated, which costs about the same as buying a new piece. I have an old copper pan that has found new life as a plant holder b/c of this.
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