Polishing Copper Drink Bottle

Last year, I was gifted a Vurth Copper drink bottle. I’ve been using it now for almost 2 months and love it! I take it with me on picnics, when I do exercise and when I go on holidays.

I haven’t used a copper drink bottle before but always loved the way they looked. There is a little maintenance involved so I thought I would give you an update on what I do to look after the bottle.

It’s not hard, the bottle just needs to be polished about once a week, but realistically, sometimes it’s a couple of weeks before I get around to it.

What you need:

  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Enough plain flour to make a paste (Elmer’s school glue consistency)
  • Tray – I find it helpful to work on a baking tray
  • Paper towel or a cloth


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the vinegar, salt and add enough flour to make a school glue consistency.
  2. Cover the copper bottle with the paste, and leave for 30 seconds.
  3. Wipe off with a cloth or paper towel. If I do this every week, it’s just a quick wipe, however, if I leave it for longer, I find I need to use more elbow grease.
  4. Once you have wiped the outside, immerse the bottle in warm soapy water and wash. Then rinse and wipe down the outside well with a tea towel or cloth so you don’t get water stains.

The other thing about copper drink bottles is the lid can get a little squeaky. So after I polish, I wipe a little olive oil around the screw part of the lid, and this works well. I only have to do this once a week.

I take my drink bottle with so often, and I really love this one. Copper has anti-bacterial qualities, and it looks so pretty too!

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    June 28, 2023 at 5:53 am

    You’re a lifesaver! I was starting to get so embarrassed about my crusty looking bottle…

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