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Why should vinegar not be used to clean copper utensils?


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2005-10-17 03:28:35
2005-10-17 03:28:35

I don't understand why you ask this question. See the following website In some cases they recommend using vinegar. Hope this helps!

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Mostly as I know, lemon juice or vinegar can be used to clean copper pennies. You can let soak in for a while to clean them. Good luck in cleaning them!

Vinegar and salt solution, the acetic acid from the vinegar dissolves the copper oxide. The copper from the copper oxide stays in the liquid

You should always clean and sanitize surfaces and utensils because it helps stop bacteria from spreaping.

Vinegar contains Acetic acid that reacts with the copper in the penny.

Vinegar contain acetic acid; the mixture with salt dissolve copper oxides.

If nails are made of copper, vinegar will clean them. If nails are other metal, vinegar will rust them rather quickly.

Vinegar, a mild acid, reacts with the copper to clean oxides off of it and leave it with a shiny surface.

Food should be served and stored in clean utensils (also stored in a fridge of freezer) to help avoid the risk of food poisoning, notably from Salmonella.

I am not sure what you mean by "spirits of salt", but a mixture of vinegar and salt is a very effective copper cleaner.

Utensils with copper interiors should never be used for acidic foods, with pH of 6.0 or below, since toxic compounds can form if food is cooked, or stored, or served from such containers. Even if copper pans are lined with tin, they should not be used for acidic foods such as fruits, fruit juices, salad dressings, tomatoes, vinegar-containing foods, etc. Copper bowls may be used for beating egg whites, or copper kettles for cooking high sugar foods like fudge, for these foods are alkaline. Utensils with copper on the bottom, or outside, and stainless steel, aluminum, or a porcelain enamel interior finish are safe to use and conduct heat well. Avoid high heat which discolors copper bottoms. Ideally you should clean copper bottoms after each use, even though the tarnish does not affect cooking results or the pan's efficiency. Do not use an abrasive cleaner or steel wool to clean copper bottoms. To clean tarnished copper: Wash tarnished copper with soap and warm water and polish with a commercial cleaner. A homemade cleaner of equal parts of salt, vinegar and flour also works well. After rubbing the item with this mixture or any polish, wash it carefully, rinse thoroughly and dry. [Info from the Home Maintenance And Repair Database at the Michigan State University website] Sprinkle the surface with lemon juice, shake salt all over it, then rub with a soft sponge. Use soft cloth with white vinegar. good luck

put it in a dry, clean storage area like clean cabinet...

I assume you want to clean copper coins? Steep the coins overnight in vinegar.

The vinegar was so strong that it clean the penny. Vinegar is acedic acid. The penny has oxidized in air and the acid removes the oxidization from the penny, making the copper shiny again. has an article about spring cleaning and they say to use a tablespoon of salt &1 cup of white vinegar added to boiling water to clean tarnished copper.

Sure. It is best if the copper is clean of grease or oil, first. Sometimes the baking soda is mixed with vinegar instead of water, but either way it is a good cleaner.

How does vinegar clean coins?

Clean MoneyI read somewhere that copper pennies can be cleaned by soaking them in olive oil, but some collectors recommend not to clean coins. Another great way to clean pennies is to use a solution of vinegar and salt. Fill a cup about 1/4 of vinegar and a teaspoon of salt (more salt, faster reaction). The tarnish that forms on a penny is copper oxide. The salt and vinegar create an acid solution that causes the copper oxide to dissolve off the coins. Once they are clean they should have their original shiny coat. Remember though, if there are pits in the pennies they will show now that the oxide has been removed. If you don't have vinegar any acid such as lemon juice or Coke/Pepsi will work as well.HOWEVER ....Cleaning an ordinary modern penny is fine because there are so many of them. But you should NEVER, EVER try to clean a collectible coin because anything you have at home will damage the coin's surface and reduce or even destroy its value to another collector.If you clean pennies with just salt, it wouldn't be clean. If you cleaned them with just vinegar, it wouldn't be clean.

Pennies get dull over time because the copper in the pennies slowly reacts with air to form copper oxide. Pure copper metal is bright and shiny, but the oxide is dull and greenish. When you place the pennies in the vinegar solution, the acetic acid from the vinegar dissolves the copper oxide, leaving behind shiny clean pennies.

Ordinary white vinegar is a dilute form of acetic acid. Because it's acidic, it reacts with the oxidized copper that forms on the coin's surface. Of course, if you have a coin that's worth a premium as a collectible, you should NEVER try to clean it at home because anything you have - vinegar, soda, Tarn-X, whatever- will damage the coin's surface and reduce its value.

No, vinegar will not clean methadone from urine.

No, vinegar does not clean oxycodone out of your system.

It's simply a chemical reaction of acetic acid and copper. It doesn't have a specific inventor.

Clean the chalkboard with warm water and vinegar. After the chalkboard has been wiped with the water and vinegar solution, wipe the board with a dry cloth.

Yes -- salt and vinegar react to form sodium acetate and hydrochloric acid. NaCl + CH3COOH --> NaCH3COO + HCl

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