How to Clean Zinc Pennies

how to clean zinc pennies

When it comes to cleaning your zinc pennies, you need to be extra careful as you don’t want to damage the pennies by using harsh chemicals or abrasives on it, yet, you want to remove the layer of dirt and grime from their surface. If you are looking for some safe methods on how to clean zinc pennies, then here is everything you need to know about it. Of course, keep in mind that if you end up finding old zinc pennies which might be worth some money, you should use the least harmful and abrasive method to clean them so that you don’t devalue them. 

How to clean your zinc pennies using soap and water

One of the easiest and least abrasive methods that you can use to clean your zinc pennies is to use a soap and water solution to remove the dirt and grime off them. Here is how you can do it: 

  1. Take a small bowl and fill it up with water, then, add a few drops of a mild hand washing liquid into this. Make sure that you add a very soft handwashing liquid only, and not strong laundry detergent, for creating this solution. 
  2. Mix it well to create a soapy solution. 
  3. Place your zinc pennies over an old towel or an old cloth. 
  4. Take the pennies one by one in your hand. Dip a soft toothbrush or a glass brush into this soapy solution, and use it to clean your zinc pennies gently. 
  5. Use gentle circular motions to clean the zinc pennies, and do not rub it too vigorously as you might damage the penny. 
  6. Using some paper towels, blot and clean the zinc pennies, making sure that you remove all of the soapy residues from the pennies before you store them again. 

How to clean your zinc pennies using white vinegar

In case you are not worried about reselling the zinc coins and simply want to clean them and make them look as good as new again, you can clean them using white distilled vinegar. Here is how you can do it: 

  1. Take a small bowl and pour some white distilled vinegar into the bowl. 
  2. Drop your zinc pennies into the white distilled vinegar for about an hour. 
  3. Gently remove the pennies and rinse them under cold water. While doing this, use your fingers to gently rub and remove any dirt, stubborn grime and other residues from the surface of the zinc penny. 
  4. Gently rub the zinc penny using a soft cloth like a microfiber cloth, and finally, blot dries the zinc pennies using a clean, dry towel. 

How to clean your zinc pennies using baking soda

You can also use a paste made out of baking soda and water to clean your zinc pennies and restore them again. Here is how you can do it: 

  1. Take a small bowl and add one teaspoon of baking soda into it. Now, slowly start adding some water while you stir the mixture to create a paste. Keep adding water very slowly into the mix until you reach a thick, paste-like consistency. 
  2. Now, take an old, soft, toothbrush and dip it into the baking soda solution.
  3. Using your toothbrush, gently rub the zinc pennies one by one to remove any surface dirt and grime easily. Don’t rub the zinc pennies for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time, as baking soda can be quite abrasive if you rub it too vigorously. 
  4. Rinse out your zinc pennies under cold water and rub them with your fingers to remove the residual baking soda from them. 
  5. Use a soft, clean towel to blot them dry and store them again. 

How to clean your zinc pennies using lemon juice

Here is another excellent solution using lemon juice that you can use at home to clean your zinc pennies. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Take a lemon and cut it into half. Now, squeeze out the juice from half a lemon only into a small bowl. If you have several zinc pennies, then you can even use the entire lemon juice. 
  2. Place the zinc pennies into the bowl of lemon juice and allow it to sit undisturbed for about one or two hours (depending upon how dirty your zinc pennies are). 
  3. Gently remove the zinc pennies individually and rinse them under cold, running water. Using your fingers or a sponge, rub the surface of the zinc pennies to remove any stubborn dirt and grime from the pennies. 
  4. Finally, blot and dry your zinc pennies with paper towels before you store them. 

How to clean your zinc pennies using toothpaste 

An alternative cleaning method you can use, which is very easy is to use toothpaste for cleaning your zinc pennies. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Make sure you are using only a white toothpaste, and not a gel or any other kind of toothpaste for this cleaning method. 
  2. Take an old, soft toothbrush and squirt a small amount of toothpaste on to the brush.
  3. Using the toothbrush, gently start brushing your zinc pennies one by one. Of course, you should be careful not to brush your zinc pennies too vigorously, as you might damage them. 
  4. Allow the toothpaste to sit on the zinc pennies for a few minutes undisturbed. 
  5. Finally, take the zinc pennies and rinse them under cold water. Use your fingers to rub and remove all the toothpaste from the surface of the pennies before you blot them dry using paper towels.

How to clean your zinc pennies using ketchup

Finally, one last easy and time tested method you can use to clean your zinc pennies is to use ketchup. Here is how you can do it: 

  1. Take an old toothbrush and squirt a small amount of ketchup directly on to the toothbrush. 
  2. Take your zinc pennies one by one and start scrubbing them using the toothbrush and ketchup. 
  3. Rinse out the zinc pennies under cold running water. 
  4. Make a paste out of baking soda and water, and rub the paste over the zinc pennies using your fingers only. 
  5. Finally, rinse your zinc pennies under running water and blot them dry using paper towels. 

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