Cream of Tartar — The Cleaner You’ll Swoon Over

October 27, 2008|Comments (173)

In my little world, items like cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate) are not simply a super way to stabilize egg whites but also scandalously inexpensive cleaning secrets.  This long-forgotten gem of a cleaning agent may be used with a little water or vinegar to lift even the most stubborn stains.  Unattractive grout driving you batty?  Mold and mildew stains got you reaching for the Prozac?  Burner pans and casserole dishes giving you fits?  Cream of Tartar is your new best friend.

Cream of tartar is one of nature’s best bleaching agents.  Cream of tartar, a.k.a “crusted wine,” is mixed with baking soda to create baking powder (bet you didn’t know that.. okay, some of you probably did, you smartypants).  While it is an acid, it’s not harmful.  It’s an acidic salt which comes from grapes.  Why is commercial laundry detergent never grape scented?  I want to know.  Someone please contact Tide.  We need answers!  Actually, we don’t need answers.  We can scent our own homemade detergent (I haven’t bothered but that’s not to say that you couldn’t… after all, you knew about that baking powder thing — you smartypants). Anyway, back to the important stuff:

Use a few tablespoons of cream of tartar with hot water or hydrogen peroxide and clean any aluminum pans which have discoloration or any rusty drains, pans, or stains.

Do you have copper kettles?  Mix some cream of tarter with lemon juice and rub the copper with it.  Rinse and be amazed!

How about a porcelain sink, tub, bathroom faucet, or commode?  Rub the porcelain surfaces with cream of tartar and watch the stains disappear.

Fabric stains?  No prob.  Mix a few teaspoons of cream of tartar with some glycerin and use like spray-and-wash.  The results?  Well, I’m here to tell you that this stuff cured the ring around Joshua’s shirt collars.

Just need a great nonabrasive cleaner?  Mix 2 teaspoons of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of cream of tartar in a small dish (use 3 or 4 teaspoons of vinegar and 3 or 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar if you have more items to clean).  Apply with your cleaning rag or scrub brush and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.  Scrub.  Wash with hot soapy water.

Please pass these recipes to your friends.  They really are wonderfully easy and inexpensive.  And while we’re chatting…. what stain is currently plaguing your happy home?  What stubborn stain taunts your cleaning efforts by refusing to surrender?

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