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Today, the Damsel would like to introduce her old friend, Nathan Wright, as today’s substitute teacher/guest poster. Take it away, Nathan!

One Saturday the chore of washing dishes fell to me. It seemed to this nine-year-old the dirty dishes were especially piled up whenever my turn came around, and I was certain my older siblings planned ways of wriggling out of their required duties. I was definitely wrought upon.

We lived in a small Colorado town that just happened to be a child’s outdoor paradise. And one fall afternoon seemed particularly inviting as my two older brothers left for an adventure—while I ran the dishwater. But instead of just getting the job done, I dawdled. As a kid, I had no lack of imagination even with a sink full of dishes: this spoon was a hydroplane, a glass became an underwater city, capturing air under a wet washcloth resembled a pillow. And the hours wore on.
When my brothers got back from their mountain outing the day was well advanced and I was still working (ha!) on the dishes. As they traipsed through the kitchen they commented that it appeared I was washing the same spoon as when they left! Probably.

These days, I spend a few less hours doing dishes and have found an easy way to clean my copper-bottom pans. The Internet is rampant with various copper tarnish-removing methods using lemon wedges, salt, vinegar, baking soda, flour, etc. but I happened upon this method, which seems much simpler and cheaper, by just using dish soap.
Squeeze a generous spiral of Palmolive Pure + Clear® dish soap directly on the copper bottom. Using regular Palmolive doesn’t work—I’ve tried.
You should see some magical, chemical-reaction results immediately, but use a finger to quickly and evenly spread the soap over the entire copper surface. You’ll see the spots you missed as the soap does its job.
Let the pan sit for a few minutes while you do something else.
Wash as normal and buff lightly with a Scotch-Brite® pad to remove lingering spots. There will be plenty of soap from this process to clean a sink full of pots. So save the soapy water to wash the pans’ insides.
These Revere® pans, once clean, find a place on a pothook, rather than shoved under a cupboard somewhere, because they look so great!
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  • Rockymento

    As a kid, I was in charge of cleaning those copper bottom pans. Because of the method of baking soda and vinegar, I learned chemical reactions! I learned it a lot! Those are gorgeous pans.

  • Nora

    ketchup works great, too…