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From engraved coins to rare ones, the most pressing problem of coin collectors is how to clean coins without ruining them.

Here’s a little trivia. The most expensive coin in the world costs $10 million. Given this, people want to keep their coins polished.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend millions of dollars to keep your coins clean. Basic household items such as distilled water and dish soap can help.

How to Clean Coins: 4 Fast and Safe Ways

After doing extensive research, we came up with 4 ways to get cleaned pennies. Here they are:

How to Clean Coins Using Distilled Water

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In an attempt to clean coins, people typically use tap water. Don’t.

Tap water contains fluoride. Distilled water doesn’t.

Fluoride causes a reaction with metals used in coins. Thus, you can effectively protect your coins using distilled water.

Things You Need

  • Distilled water
  • Soap
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
  • Plastic container (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash your hands. You need to remove dirt from your hands. Dirt can harm your coin. 
  2. Put down a soft cloth or paper towel. You need a soft cloth or paper towel to dry your coin.
  3. Gently rinse the coin using distilled water. Be as gentle as you can. Avoid rubbing the coin while rinsing.
  4. Gently pour distilled water on both sides of the coin. Simply pour distilled water from the bottle. Do this until you the coin is clean.
  5. Alternatively, you can soak your coin in a bowl of distilled water. Soak your coin for about 5 minutes. If it needs more cleaning, soak it for up to 15 minutes.
  6. Place your coin on the cloth or paper towel.  Do not rub the coin. Let it air dry. 
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6. Wash the rest of your coins one by one. This ensures each coin is properly cleaned.
  8. Store your coins. Holding the coins by the edges, put them in a dry place. Make sure your coins are fully dry. Damp coins will be eventually damaged.

How to Clean Coins Using Dish Soap

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Another effective way to clean your coins is by using dish soap. 

Make sure to use mild dish soap. Aggressive ones can damage the coins’ surfaces.

This will decrease the value of your coins. Worse, your coins might lose their whole value.

Things You Need

  • Distilled water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
  • Plastic containers
  • Soft toothbrush (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash your hands. You need to remove dirt from your hands. Dirt can harm your coin. 
  2. Put down a soft cloth or paper towel. You need a soft cloth or paper towel to dry your coin.
  3. Prepare soapy water.  Fill your plastic container with distilled water. Squeeze a few drops of dish soap until the water becomes soapy.
  4. Prepare the final rinse.  Fill another plastic container with distilled water.
  5. Gently clean the coin. Soak the coin in soapy water. Gently rub both sides using your fingers or a soft toothbrush.
  6. Rinse the coin. Remove the coin from the container with soapy water. Soak it in distilled water. Gently shake the container. Only touch the coin when checking if it’s rinsed well.
  7. Place your coin on the cloth or paper towel.  Do not rub the coin. Let it air dry. 
  8. Repeat steps 3 to 7. Soak the rest of your coins one at a time. This ensures each coin is properly cleaned.
  9. Store your coins. Holding the coins by the edges, put them in a dry place. Make sure your coins are fully dry. Damp coins will be eventually damaged. 

How to Clean Coins Using Vinegar

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Regular vinegar is more acidic than distilled vinegar. Contrary to popular belief, distilled vinegar is a better option.

In particular, regular vinegar has up to 20% acetic acid content. Distilled vinegar has up to 8%.

Things You Need

  • Distilled vinegar
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
  • Plastic container
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Wash your hands. You need to remove dirt from your hands. Dirt can harm your coin. 
  2. Put down a soft cloth or paper towel. You need a soft cloth or paper towel to dry your coin.
  3. Prepare the vinegar solution. Fill the container with distilled vinegar. Add a pinch of salt. Stir until the salt is completely dissolved.
  4. Soak the coin into the solution. Gently immerse the coin. Do not drop it.
  5. Observe the coin. Leave the coin in the solution for 1 minute. If there’s not enough progress, leave it for another minute.
  6. Rinse the coin. Pick up the coin. Gently pour distilled water on both sides. 
  7. Place your coin on the cloth or paper towel.  Do not rub the coin. Let it air dry. 
  8. Repeat steps 3 to 7.  Soak the rest of your coins one at a time. This ensures each coin is properly cleaned.
  9. Store your coins. Holding the coins by the edges, put them in a dry place. Make sure your coins are fully dry. Damp coins will be eventually damaged.

How to Clean Coins Using Baking Soda

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Baking soda is another cleaning agent for coins. It is a non-abrasive agent. Thus, baking soda cleans your coins without eliminating their polish.

Things You Need

  • Distilled water
  • Soft cloth or paper towel
  • Plastic container
  • Baking soda
  • Soft toothbrush

Instructions

  1. Wash your hands. You need to remove dirt from your hands. Dirt can harm your coin. 
  2. Put down a soft cloth or paper towel. You need a soft cloth or paper towel to dry your coin.
  3. Pour baking soda into the container. You need ¼ teaspoon of baking soda for each coin. 
  4. Gently brush the coin. Wet the toothbrush using distilled water. Coat the toothbrush with baking soda. Brush the coin using the paste.
  5. Rinse the coin. Pick up the coin. Gently pour distilled water on both sides. 
  6. Place your coin on the cloth or paper towel.  Do not rub the coin. Let it air dry. 
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6.  Brush the rest of your coins one at a time. This ensures each coin is properly cleaned.
  8. Store your coins. Holding the coins by the edges, put them in a dry place. Make sure your coins are fully dry. Damp coins will be eventually damaged.

Starting and Cleaning Your Coin Collection

Coin collecting is rewarding. However, cleaning coins collected from different periods is tedious.

Basic household items like distilled water, dish soap, distilled vinegar, and baking soda can help.

What do you think is the best way to clean coins? Comment below.

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