How to Clean Copper Mugs

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Learn how to clean copper mugs with two natural ingredients in this easy cleaning tutorial.

Overhead view of clean copper mug on a light wood table

Did you know that you can’t leave any moisture in your copper mugs at all, or it will quickly tarnish? You need to very thoroughly dry your copper mugs each and every time you use them.

Don’t leave them to air dry or you’ll come to regret it. Our copper mugs very quickly ended up becoming tarnished on the inside.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like drinking from tarnished cups even though I enjoy the drinking from a copper mug.

So I set out to learn how to clean copper mugs using natural ingredients. What I discovered is that it’s super easy to clean them using two ingredients I always have in the house – lemon and sea salt.

If you’re searching for the best information on how to clean copper mugs naturally, then check out this simple technique for cleaning your copper mugs with lemon and sea salt.

Close of of newly cleaned copper mug on the table

How to Clean Copper Mugs with 2 Natural Ingredients

Learn how to clean your copper mugs with only sea salt and lemon.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • lemon - cut in half
  • Sea salt


  • Copper Mugs


  • Slice your lemon in half.
    Copper mug with half a lemon and sea salt on a table
  • Sprinkle seat salt onto the lemon half until it’s lightly coated.
    Half a lemon dipped in sea salt held over a copper mug
  • Gently scrub the tarnish from the copper mug with the lemon slice. You’ll be surprised by how quickly this simple technique will remove the tarnish!
    Tarnished copper mug that needs to be cleaned
  • Afterwards, wash the mug with warm, soapy water then thoroughly dry. You don’t want any moisture to remain on your copper mug or it will quickly tarnish again.
    Clean copper mug on a light wood table

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