By now, you probably know that Jacob Bromwell specializes in beautiful American made copper items for the home and campsite, and maybe you own a few. But do you know how to care for your copper products so that they stay as shining as a brand new penny? One of the reasons my factories churn out so many copper products is because for a luxurious looking metal, it is surprisingly easy to care for. Since copper is a metal that oxidizes over time form contact with air (and will oxidize faster in humid air) it develops a tarnish that dulls its finish. The tarnish can be easily removed using any approved copper polish, including the one Jacob Bromwell sells. If the item has a surface that comes into contact with food or drink item then follow up the polishing with warm, soapy water, rinse, and you're done! There are also several common food items in your kitchen that you could use as a polish substitute that do an equally dandy job removing tarnish with all natural ingredients. First, you can dissolve one teaspoon of salt in one cup of white vinegar, then add enough flour to make a paste. Apply the paste to your copper product and let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes and up to one hour. Rinse with warm water, and dry. You can also make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar, apply it to the product for five minutes, then rinse with warm water and dry. Another option is to make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it over the copper product with a soft cloth. Again, rinse and dry. A lemon slice dipped in baking soda and rubbed over the copper surface will work as well! And that's all there is to it! Polishing up your copper products 3-4 times a year will keep them sparkling and looking brand new for decades to come! You can see all of the American made copper products we make here.