Many of us have a small can of cream of tartar sitting in our pantry, waiting for the rare baking recipe. But did you know that you can use cream of tartar to clean your home?
First off, a bit about cream of tartar. It’s a white, odorless powder that is a byproduct of the winemaking process. It forms inside wine barrels during fermentation and acts as a preservative while also controlling the pH of the wine.
Next time you’re in the spices section of your grocery store (or better yet, buy in bulk on Amazon), stock up on cream of tartar and get started cleaning your house!
Stainless Steel: Just mix with water to clean your stainless steel appliances.
Porcelain: Mix cream of tartar with water and rub it onto porcelain surfaces. You can also try equal parts cream of tartar and vinegar.
Copper: Mix cream of tartar with lemon juice to scrub your copper kettles.
Aluminum: Cream of tartar can be mixed with water or hydrogen peroxide to clean aluminum pans.
Fireplaces: Check out this post on how to remove the soot from your fireplace just by using cream of tartar, warm water, and a nail brush.
Scratched Dishes: Make a paste with water and cream of tartar to remove scratches from dishes.
Laundry: Keep your whites white by letting them soak overnight in a quart of water with one teaspoon of cream of tartar. A two to one ratio of cream of tartar to glycerin is a also great spot treatment for stains (just put it in a spray bottle and shake before each use). Cream of tartar and water can also be used to remove rust stains from fabric.
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