How to Clean Copper Mugs
How to Clean Copper Mugs
For a natural copper cleaner, dip half a lemon in a bit of salt and polish each of your copper mugs for 3-4 minutes. Once your mugs are back to their original shine, rinse them and then dry them thoroughly with a clean cotton cloth, making sure to get rid of all traces of moisture that could oxidize and darken the copper.
Moscow mules are a refreshing summertime cocktail, particularly when they are served in chilled over-sized Moscow mule copper mugs. If you have invested in these fun copper cups and used them a time or two you may now be wondering how to keep them shiny and spot free.
Did your Moscow mule cups look like this when you bought them?
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Three tips to keeping your copper mugs ship shape:
1. Lemon and salt
A half of lemon dipped in a bit of salt will polish your copper Moscow mule mugs up in no time and return them to their original splendor. In fact lemon and salt work for polishing any copper serving or cookware you have. It's a quick, effective and ecologically sound way to care for your copper.
Here is the same cup after a few seconds of rubbing with the lemon dipped in salt.
And here are both mugs good as new. Cleaning your copper with salt and lemon is fast and involves no harsh chemicals for your hands, your home or the environment. Vinegar and baking soda can also be used.
2. Double dry
Once your copper mugs are shiny and bright, rinse them and thoroughly dry them. And I mean thoroughly. Any moisture left on the mug will cause oxidation or darkening of the copper. This is particularly true with hammered copper as moisture can cling in the divots. I dry my mugs once with one cotton cloth. Then get a second dry cloth and dry them again.
3. Never put in the dishwasher
This probably didn't need saying, but just in case, the two things you NEVER put in the dishwasher are copper and good knives.
Moscow mule recipes
One of the things I like about Moscow mules is they are simple to make. I have a few fun variations, however, that are worth trying.
Looking for Moscow mule mugs?
There are a variety of different shapes, sizes and finishes for copper Moscow mule mugs. We prefer the larger 16 to 20-ounce mugs. Click here to see our favorites.