Is there a way to clean your change?

@jbb316 (1779)
United States
June 11, 2007 8:36pm CST
My son had some change in his piggy bank. When I took them out to roll them up for him they were all nasty. The pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters were disgusting. The only thing I can think of is that he must have spilled something in his bank. Anyway, I have tried cleaning them with dishwashing liquid and lysol. But I still cannot get the coins clean. Do you know how I can clean them? I hate to roll them up with them dirty. I would feel terrible taking them to the bank like that. There has got to be away to get them clean.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Well hmmmm maybe you can put them in a cup and then put the cup in the dishwasher. I think that would get them very clean.LOL
@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Tried it! Doesn't work.
@pallidyne (858)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Some of it is probably a form of tarnishing as well. I've used polish that I'd normally use on silverware or candlesticks and its gotten coins relatively cleaned up.
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@jbb316 (1779)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Maybe I will try that. Thank you. I didn't think of that.
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• Canada
12 Jun 07
Or take them to a bank that has given you bad service before....
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Hey jbb316, I would suggest putting it in a sock or pillow case & washing it in your washing machine b/c every time I accidentally leave change in pockets in the wash it comes out sparkling clean |:) +'s 2 U :D
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Vinegar. A good soak and they should be clean and looking alot better. We have cleaned mostly pennies this way and usually just to see what the date on them was. So good luck in getting this change clean enough to roll up and take to the bank.
@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
12 Jun 07
As kids we would always place our old coins in a jar of vinegar than let them sit. The vinegar would clean the dirt off the coins. When they looked clean. Or we couldn't wait any longer. Than we would get them out and rinse them off with water. All natural and works like a charm...vinegar can also be used to clean coffee pot out and have white dishes soak in.
@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
12 Jun 07
I am one impatient guy. If I were you, I would not bother about cleaning them further. I would just bring them to the bank. The bank does have the relevant machine to tally them as long as it is still legal tender. The value will still be same whether the coins are beam shine or soot black.