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How to Clean Pennies.Rusty old pennies

Updated on September 19, 2011

I remember as a child about ten years old,

I collected pennies, and it so happen

My Grandmother own a little shop, l always used to find old rusty pennies under the counter tops, so instead of sweeping them away, l collect them, and one day silly me,

left them out in the rain, and the rain water, turn most of them green and rusty,

So my Grandmother, told me how to clean them, without damaging the copper,


2 - three limes ,

squeeze juice of the lime into a bowl

Add salt to the lime juice

add water to mixture,

A piece of cheese cloth material,

Something similar to babies cloth diapers,

Place your rusty pennies in the bowl with the liquid, and soak them but.

Not to exceed more that ten minutes , else the copper will comes off too fast,

and it will spoil the beauty of your pennies,

Have a bucket of clean water near by, to drop your pennies into as soon as possible,

In the this way, the cleaning process, will immediately stop.

Dry them off in the Cheese cloth material and rub them until they shine, in a small amount

of kerosene oil, ( a small amount)

The pennies will look brand new in a matter of minutes.

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Good luck, it also goes for copper bottom pots and pans, and copper material.

My Grandmother home cleaning method without any harsh cleaning chemical.


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      Annie 4 years ago from NewYork

      Thank you tonymead60 for commenting

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire


      interesting hub.

      most acids will clean them up, above mikeq suggests coke, I assume he means coka cola which does work very well, but I alsways use HP brown sauce that returns to their original full glory, the acid mix must be just right



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      Annie 5 years ago from NewYork

      what kind of coke?

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      mikeq107 6 years ago

      I used to use coke..worked great even on crome bumpers..imangine what its doing to peoples insides ????

      Great hub on an invoirmently safe way :0))

      Mike :0)

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      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      so happy to share my suggestion,

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      hillrider 6 years ago from Mid-west United States

      I noticed this method is similar to what i have used out in the field to clean the oxidation from copper panel roofing. We actually used a lemon cut in half, then dipped the cut side in simple table salt.For areas were the build up is more difficult to remove a paste can be made from standard baking soda and white wine vinegar. Another possible home remedy is ordinary catsup.

      I have used a number of "cleaners" which promised results they were unable to deliver upon and have found your suggestion of using household supplies has more merit than people may expect.

      Thanks for sharing your suggestions, if I can offer anything further, leave your question here.

      Happy Holidays ...

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      Annie 7 years ago from NewYork

      your welcome and thank you for commenting

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      kayla 7 years ago

      thank u so much i relly i need this very much.