How To Clean Your Copper Tongue Scraper
How to keep your
copper tongue scraper
WHAT IS A COPPER TONGUE SCRAPER?
A tongue scraper, also known as a tongue tingler, is a long, thin, piece of (usually) metal that has been rounded into a "U" shape. Stainless steel, copper, and plastic are the most commonly used materials when it comes to tongue scrapers. While plastic is affordable and can be gentler on your tongue, steel or copper tend to be the more effective options.
Copper is seen as the ultimate tongue cleaner, particularly in Ayurvedic medicine, as copper is naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial, plus it provides vital enzymes that promote the survival of good bacteria and other important microbes in your mouth.
The only downside; copper can change colour and start to tarnish, so to make sure your tongue scraper is a zero waste purchase and lasts a lifetime, we have come up with our top tips on how to clean it naturally.
- Cut two lemons or limes in half.
- Rub the tongue scraper with the lemon/lime, until tarnished areas are removed.
- If you want to, you can add salt to the lemon/lime half to make it more abrasive.
- Rinse and polish up with a clean, soft, dry cloth.
Add vinegar and salt to a pan and bring it to boil. You’ll need approximately 3 parts vinegar to one part salt.
- Pour the liquid into a bowl and then place the tongue scraper in it. Leave for 10-15 minutes.
- Then using a cloth, remove any dirt or tarnishing.
- Rinse the tongue scraper in water.
Polish up with a clean, soft, dry cloth.
- Squeeze a little bit of ketchup on a cloth, then sprinkle salt on top.
- Rub the mixture on your copper item in circular motions and repeat until the entire surface is tarnish-free.
- Rinse the tongue scraper in water and wipe with cloth.
- Then use another clean cloth to dry your item.