Is There Any Way to Save My Copper Teapot?

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Q: I did a terrible thing. I started boiling water in my beautiful copper tea kettle, went into my living room, and got distracted by Gilmore Girls … for way too long. The water was totally boiled off, and the gas flame was just roasting my kettle for who knows how long. Now it’s dark gray all over!

I’m so sad at the thought of it not being recoverable. Is there anything to do for it? I literally use this thing multiple times every day.

Sent by McKenzie

Editor: Oh, no! McKenzie, I feel your pain (and your love of Gilmore Girls). You might try polishing it with lemon and salt, as Martha Stewart recommends, and see if that helps bring back the coppery color.

Readers, any other ideas for rescuing this pot?

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