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Non-Commercial Ways to Clean Your Copper Mugs

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Everybody loves the Moscow Mule for its refreshing taste, its myriad variations and its beautiful copper mugs. Those mugs have in fact become the signature of what is turning out to be one of the most versatile cocktails ever created. Whether your Mule is from Shanghai or Mumbai, Glasgow or Moscow it’s served up in the same beautifully timeless copper mug. However, any sort of copper cookware - or in this case drink ware - needs to be given a thorough cleaning from time to time to remove tarnish and restore its original luster. You can buy expensive cleaning products at the store or you can do it yourself. We’ll always opt for the DIY approach if it makes sense. So in this post we’re going to provide several simple ways to bring back the luster on your Moscow Mule mugs.

Cleaning Moscow Mule Mugs

Homemade Ways to Keep Your Copper Mugs Looking Great

Most people rely on commercially available cleaning solutions these days and why not? Chemists’ at large corporations are paid handsomely to come up with ways to restore things to their original, pristine state. Copper is no different. There are copper cleaning products you can buy that will do a fine job but there are also a number of non-commercial methods for keeping your Moscow Mule mugs looking great. Here’s a short list of our DIY favorites.

  • Vinegar and Salt - This method is as old as copper itself and is still used today in all corners of the world. Fill a small bottle with vinegar and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Mix it thoroughly. You can either pour the mixture onto a sponge and clean the copper mug that way or you can create the mixture in a small spray bottle and spray it on your copper mug. If you want a slightly stronger mixture use white vinegar which is slightly more acidic.

  • Worcestershire Sauce - What’s that? Worcestershire sauce for cleaning Moscow Mule mugs? Absolutely. Simply pour some Worcestershire sauce onto a sponge and rub it into the surface of your mug. Make sure you use enough to make the surface good and wet. Then let it sit on the surface for a minute or 2. Finally, wipe it off, rinse your mugs to remove any residue and dry it thoroughly. Viola!

  • Baking soda and Lemon Juice - Baking soda has myriad uses both in food prep and as a cleaner. In this case we’re going to mix it with lemon juice to make a solution to clean our copper Mule mugs. Mix equal parts baking soda and lemon juice together (typically just a few teaspoons of each but more if you have a lot of mugs). Use a soft clean cloth to apply the mixture to your mugs and work it into the surface. Use a microfiber cloth to polish and then rinse the mug and dry it thoroughly.

  • Cream of Tartar and Lemon Juice - In this case we’re going to use the lemon for its acidic content and the cream of tartar for its pasty properties. Mix the 2 together and then work the paste into the surface of the copper mug using a clean cloth. Let it sit for 5 minutes or so before wiping off with another clean cloth. Wash the mug with warm soapy water and then rinse thoroughly. Dry and enjoy.

That’s it folks. Our short list of non-commercial DIY ways to keep your copper mugs looking great all year long. If you haven’t yet partaken of the many pleasures of the Moscow Mule pick up a 4-pack of our beautiful Moscow Mule mugs and get started enjoying the cocktail sensation that’s swept the world.


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