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Cream of Tartar — The Cleaner You’ll Swoon Over

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?

Want to know more about cream of tartar?  Click here.

  • CC - I had no idea! Thanks for all the great tips!ReplyCancel

  • Michele - I’m going to give this a try on my favorite Washington State University t-shirt. I just haven’t been able to part with it. Thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

  • mojavi at Simple Things - seriously where do you learn this stuff?ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Well Lacy, I knew about the copper kettle, as I’ve done that over the years, but the others? And tile grout?
    Just may have to give it a try tomorrow!
    Thanks my dear…Momma BarbReplyCancel

  • CrossView - Good stuff to know! =DReplyCancel

  • Tipper - You are always amazing me with these cleaning tips! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Valarie Lea - I have got to tell my MIL she has been trying to get a rust stain out of a Tub! I wonder if she has tried this????ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - Good to know! I had no idea about any of it! You’re such a smarty!ReplyCancel

  • Meadowlark - Holy cow!!!!! I never knew.
    Thanks so much, I’ll have to clean something today.

    OK, maybe not today. Perhaps this weekend, if all goes well. And maybe not this weekend either. But maybe I could get Husband to clean something. Just to test it out. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Honestly cream of Tartar- where have you been all my life? I thought you only made snickerdoodles and play-dough….
    AMAZING tip- thanks !ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Come on lacy you are starting to sound like an infomercial!!!! now can you tell me how to make someone to do the cleaning for me!!!! my kids are catching on!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Okay…WOW. Have NEVER, ever heard of this!! Amazing!! JUST LOVE IT. Thanks for this. Who KNEW? Not me, obviously!ReplyCancel

  • Ingrid - Great tips! Thanks, Lacy. I have some old aluminum cannisters that belonged to my husband’s great grandmother. They’ve gotten discolored and I can’t wait to try this on them!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - I did know that about the baking powder;-). What a great number of things to use it on. I am not sure about there, but here in the stores Cream of Tartar is very expensive. For a tiny 2 ounce box, it is $5.00. I did find a place to get it for less, at a cookware store where they also carry candy making supplies and organic foods.ReplyCancel

    • Val Moran - You can buy Cream of Tartar and many other spices at a fraction of the reg. cost in the bulk spice section.ReplyCancel

  • Leah - Happy Halloween!

    I never knew you could use cream of tartar to clean stuff! That is good to know because despite the little jars I always buy it to make one little thing then it just sits unused for ages! There’s a very stubborn stain on our stove that has refused to come off with anything, perhaps I will try cream of tartar on it tomorrow! (Or tonight, if I can’t take the waiting to try it out, cause I’m insane like that. LOL)ReplyCancel

  • Sandra Dornick - Great information. My little container has lasted so long because I only thought egg whites were it’s best friend. I’ll get it out and give it a try. Thanks again … enjoy your site.ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - Thank you! This amazing mixture is working on the cuffs of my husband’s work shirts.

    My toughest problem, though, is the fryer grease stains he gets on those shirts. I can’t seem to get rid of those with anything I’ve tried.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle - Heidi use the blue Dawn soap with vinegar and or peroxide. 🙂 Dawn soap lifts oils.ReplyCancel

      • Cheryl - Talcum powder, corn starch, chalk on a grease/oil stain will remove it, even if it’s been through the dryer!ReplyCancel

    • Stacey - Murphy’s oil soap in the wash load works great on grease and oil , pretreat with a little baking soda/vinegar/dawn ( whatever your person preference ) and wash all the greasy/grimy load together with about a cup or so of Murphys added in with your normal detergent. Works great on mechanics greasy oily clothing.ReplyCancel

  • DAWN QUEBEDEAU - Cream of tartar is also great for keeping your peeled potatoes from turning brown. Just add about a teaspoon of cream of tartar to your peeled potatoes…and you can soak them for a long period of time without them turning brown..ReplyCancel

    • Mic - Don’t worry, “they” are releasing a new GMO potato that won’t turn brown (and apples too). It doesn’t mean they are not going bad, we just won’t be able to see it. LEAVE OUR GOD-GIVEN FOOD ALONE ya GMO crazy schmucks!ReplyCancel

  • Martha R - THANK YOU for the great baking pan cleaning tip utililizing cream of tartar. I’m going to make sure I always have a lot on hand now. I love using less caustic products to clean, especially to protect my hands!ReplyCancel

  • Rita - Thanks for all the great tips! It was the only thing that cleaned my old bathtub after all else failed. Now I need help finding glycerin. It used to be in the baking aisle of the grocery stores, but none of the stores have it anymore. I live in Massachusetts, near Boston. Does anyone know where else I could get it?ReplyCancel

    • Zada Weedman - Glycerin is found near the rubbing alcohol in the drug section of Walmart. I’m sure it’s the same in other stores.ReplyCancel

  • marty vail - rita-you might find glycerine at your local pharmacy-sometimes kept in the back,you might have to ask for it.a friend found some at a local nail salon…..all of it is food grade,i think.i used some in a recipe for homemade cordial….yum!ReplyCancel

  • Stephen - I’ve seriously burnt apples/ while making apple sauce/ in a magnolite aluminum pan. How much cream of tartar would I have to use to get the blasted stuff off one of my favorite pans?

    You could email me back if you have an answer to the question.
    Thanks for the help.

  • Cream of Tartar: The Tartarus of the Meringues « a pie for a pie - […] it a great leavening agent, but that’s a story for another day. For now, try using it to  clean your aluminum pans or remove hard water […]ReplyCancel

  • Peeping Tom - P e n z e y s d o t c o m has Cream of Tartar for around $7.50 a pound. Great source for spices. We love their cinnamon (cassia).ReplyCancel

    • cathy - Peeping Tom…Cassia is not real cinnamon..and causes liver damage if eaten often. Ceylon Cinnamon is real cinnamon and causes no problems..and tastes great#ReplyCancel

  • Debbie D. - I was reading the book “The Help” . There was one sentence in this book about the maid using cream of tarter to use on hard water spots so I thought I would google it. IT’S WORKS! Thanks for confirming this!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - Cream of tartar is also good at absorbing grease spots on clothing, even after the garment has been washed.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - How about rust stains on stainless flatware?ReplyCancel

  • Gail Kallas - Read that cream of tarter could remove tough water stains. Tried it on my I think marble top of a free standing sink in my pool bath. Most of the stains came off but so did the shiny finish Yikes what so I do now? Please help.ReplyCancel

  • Celeste - I founbd the container pictured above which is a rather small size of cream of tartar. Anyone know where a larger size container could be found. Thanks I’m going to try these suggesions.


    • Bev Taggart - I just bought a pound of it on Amazon for less than $20. It helps to put in “potassium bitartrate” because it takes it out of the “food” area and is possibly cheaper as a chemical, though it’s the same thing.ReplyCancel

  • Christi - Im going to try this and hope it works. If it does it will be the greatest day ever. My cleaning probelm is my fiberglass tube. Do you think cream of tartar will help that? If not what will? Please help !!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Cream of TT works miracles on the bathtub. That’s because it is a dry acid and the bathtub ring is a base. This is kindergarten chemistry! Just try it and you’ll see how fabulous it is. Here’s how I do it– vinegar on a sponge then use the cream of TT as a scouring powder. The bathtub ring disappears like magic.ReplyCancel

    • Cathy - Great..going to try this on my fiberglass tub..which absorbs stains! Thx!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Didn’t know about all those things! Thanks for the list! I can add to it too. I’ve always used it to get that white stuff off the bottom inside of my tea kettle. You know that calcium deposit stuff that builds up? Just put a teaspoon of Cream of Tarter in the teapot and fill about a third or so with water and boil. Then pour the water out and wipe the white stuff right off!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - I had no idea about cleaning with cream of tartar!! I have some hard water stains that i am going to use it on and hope it dissolves them away!! We have brushed nickle faucets and its hard for me to come up with a non abrasive cleaner for them!!

  • Bethany Seeley - Can you use it for cleaning floors? I have an old slightly pebbly-textured linoleum floor in my kitchen. Since we bought the house 2 years ago, I’ve tried everything to get who-knows-how-many years’ worth of grime out of it, to little avail!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Nash - Wow! I’d already forgotten this about cream of tartar, you’re right. I did know but know remember my Mom used it all the time on about everything. Thanks for bringing it to our attention! What a money saver!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - if you want to clean aluminum you should try Cameo cleansing powder. it’s usually found next to the comet. It works great, and is a lot cheaper than using cream of tartar.ReplyCancel

  • Chance @ Designed by Chance - Ok here’s my worst, that yellow stain under the arms of whit shirts. it is left from the aluminum in my deodorant but I can NEVER get it out. Any advice?ReplyCancel

    • Cindy Conrad - Good ole borax. Leave them soak overnite in hot water and borax. First scrub pits with mix of borax and little water with a toothbrush. Worked pretty good.ReplyCancel

  • April - My stubborn stain is tomato…spaghetti and pizza sauces. I can get them mostly out, but my daughter’s clothes always has these little spots that are still a little orange. Any advice? I’ve tried a lot of things with no sucess. Also, on grease stains, I have heard that using chalk on the stain helps the detergent lift the stain better. I plan to try that one real soon. Thanks for these tips.ReplyCancel

    • Fergie - The best way to get tomato stains out of clothes…Wash and air dry on a sunny day. It works like a charm!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Ceramic top stove. Stain that absolutley will not come off. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Demaroge - I have found bulk sized bags of cream of tartar on amazon. If you live anywhere near a winery you can check with them and see if you can get it from them. (Cream of tartar is a by-product of wine making. I imagine they sell it to spice companies?)

    Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Cream-Tartar-Powder-package/dp/B0001M0YK8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1333028531&sr=8-2

    Its an example of a one pound bag for about $15. I don’t know how much the shipping would be but I would hope that the price would be better than the little tiny bottles in the store.ReplyCancel

  • Moggy - It all sounds good, but cream of tartar costs about $2.10 an ounce here ~ I can get commercial cleaners on sale and use a coupon and pay about .65 cents for a 20 ounce can. Where are you getting it that you find it to be economical to use in this manner?ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Regarding where to buy larger jars of cream of tartar.

    I was at Aldi (discount grocery store owned by trader joes) around the holidays and found a large jar of cream of tartar for under 2$. You may also want to look at Save a Lot or other similar discount groceries.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce Stamper - Always welcome problem stain solutions. Looking forward to testing Cream of Tartar out on many things. Thanks for the information!ReplyCancel

  • Kyla - Would this work on lifting carpet stains?ReplyCancel

  • Laci - Celeste usually the shinny finish on real stone of any kind is a sealer I just saw sealer specifically for stone countertops in the flooring section of Lowes next to the stone floor sealers. Usually you need to clean all the old sealer off before resealing, for a smooth finish.ReplyCancel

  • Glenda - I am trying to find a cleaner that will work on wooden white painted rockers that I have on my shaded front porch because no sun gets to that area i assume that the black on these rockers is maybe mold do you have any idea what will clean them fairly easy and what i can use as a coating to keep them from doing this again every year? thanks for any ideas you might have GlendaReplyCancel

  • Lisa Gaines - Hi. Found this from PInterest. I am curious about getting rid of mildew. I made a paste of equal parts COT and vinegar and put it on the mildew, waited 5 minutes and washed with warm soapy water. It didn’t seem to help much.

    Did I do something wrong? My master bath shower room is small and not well ventilated. The ceiling is textured, as are the walls and after time, there seems to be some black mold developing. I’ve tried all kinds of things to get rid of it…especially scrubbing with a bristled brush, but that is time consuming and sometimes just wears away at the paint. Please help!ReplyCancel

    • Susan Lord - I had some mold developing on my popcorn ceiling so I put equal parts of water and bleach and sprayed the area lightly. Let dry (maybe half a day). Repeat if necessary. Be sure to protect items in the area and wear eye protection and gloves. After I was done, I painted the popcorn ceiling with a satin or eggshell paint to protect it.ReplyCancel

  • Arlene Rinsma - Works wonders.I Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - Great tips – thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • gypsy67 - My grandmother swore by cream of tartar as a blood purifier. As kids my mom always gave us some mixed in a glass of water. Must have worked we were never sick. I still use it to this day.ReplyCancel

  • Connie - Thank you for the tip. I buy the cream of tartar for some cookie I bake, could not tell you which one. But it’s sits forever. Thanks. I just watched Drew bake bread for the first time….I can’t even get boyfriend near kitchen. Thanks Drew!ReplyCancel

  • Lois - Bakewell Cream is the same as cream of tartar and can be found in most grocery stores. It’s in a yellow can and is 8oz. for about the same price as the tiny 2oz. container.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I used cream of tartar with white vinigar and 1/2 cup warm water to clean the stains off of the seats of a pair of antique chairs that I found at a thrift store.( I planned to have them recovered, but I thought it won’t hurt to try) They were done in powder blue velvet. Every stain came out!!!!! They now sit in my living room where I get lots of compliments on how pretty they are. Now I use cream of tartar all the time.!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Ellenbergert - Back in the 50’s, my mom used Cream of Tarter a lot for laundry, etc.. Never knew until now that I found your site, exactly what she did with it and why.

  • Rachel - Can you use Cream of Tarter to whiten your teeth?ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - wow!!!!!! this ROCKS!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Thanks for the great tips! My current problem stain is tea. Does anyone have any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Elena - I used cream of tartar in my homemade playdough for years. Never as a cleaning agent. I guess you live and learn.ReplyCancel

  • Cristy - I have one of those cheap shower inserts in my bathroom and it never comes clean. It always looks stained and gross. Any tips for that? Its comeing out when we re modle the bathroom but that wont be till next year.ReplyCancel

    • Gail - Use the cloth liner ones. I have them. Simple throw it in the washing machine.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Terrific idea! I’m going to try it on my appliances. However, could you mention to your readers .. please don’t use on tile grout or marble/natural stone. I am a tile installer & we’ve had to repair many tile floors & showers because the acid in Cream of Tarter (as well as vinegar if left on too long) will dissolve the grout & roughen the tiles. TksReplyCancel

    • Cathy - Me too, same problem. I have no natural solution that works, but try this. Put plug in tub, then sprinkle 1 cup of powdered laundry detergent in tub (I buy a box at dollar tree for this purpose), then add about 1/2 cup bleach. Scrub tub and walls with this mixture. I bought a broom for this so I don’t have to bend and it doesn’t touch my hands. You can then add enough water to just cover bottom of tub and let sit for an hour. Leave fan on for any fumes.ReplyCancel

    • Loralee - So, you mention that cream of tartar, and vinegar as well, damage grout if “left on too long”. How long is too long, assuming it is thoroughly rinsed each time? (I inherited a tile kitchen counter that is impossible to keep clean…)

  • Vonnie - Where did you get the Cream of Tartar pictured in the green glass bottle? It is so adorable. Is it vintage and no longer available?…or if still available, where to purchaseReplyCancel

  • Sharyl - Where did you get that adorable spice jar with the scottie dog on it? : )ReplyCancel

    • Dianne - Where did you get that adorable spice jar with the scottie dog on it? Once I have used up the contents, what a splendid jar for bath salts since I have a scottie dog.ReplyCancel

  • Winnette - Great suggestions. I have hard water stains on my granite counter tops at the faucet. They’ve harden and leave a whitish scale which i need a razor blade to scrape off. Any ideas on what to use to prevent them and clean them off would be greatly appreciated. thanksReplyCancel

  • Mrs Eva Marie Arnim - wow and to think i had several litle jars and tossed them thanksReplyCancel

  • Laura OC - Use with half of a lemon to scrub your stainless steel sink. Make a paste with Cream of Tartar and lemon juice & let it sit on rust stains. Gets them out of stainless steel and even carpet.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - Thank you for this advice! I’m always looking for natural cleaners. They work so much better!

    April – tomato, ketchup, spaghetti sauce (most things organic) will come out with NO effort if you put them in the sun for an hour or two. You will be amazed!!! This is the only way I’ve been able to get out the awful baby food and spit-up stains, as well. Even old food stains come out with no problem.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Dalton - I was soaking a vintage tablecloth and didn’t realize that mold was growing on the bottom.

    I’ve used peroxide, cream of tartar and vinegar to try to remove the mold but nothing is working.

    Any help you have will be greatly appreciated.ReplyCancel

    • Donna Lehmann - Soak the mold stain with lemon juice, sprinkle with salt then leave it in direct sunlight outside. You’ll be amazed as the mold disappears!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie Rost - I have a problem- my daughter dyed her hair pink, and got a small stain of it on her solid surface counter. Nothing seems to get it out, but I’ll try the C.O.T. with peroxide to see if it will. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • donna catcher - How much glycerin do I use for the laundry stain remover-like spray n wash? Can u email me? Thanks!ReplyCancel

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  • Loquacious Linda - So what mixture do you use for cleaning mold and mildew off shower tile & grout?ReplyCancel

    • Cathy - Borax and hot water, then scrub with a broom.

      Or spray white vinegar, let sit 30 min., then wipe off with wet sponge.

      For quick daily prevention, spray peroxide.ReplyCancel

  • Charlie Holmes - Great ideas! Thanks! Gonna repin…………ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - For grease stains in clothing – even when already washed/dried – rub GOOP – mechanics hand cleaner into the stain – let set a bit – wash/dry and be amazed!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - What about mold stains on clothes? Also interested in the underarm stains. And…does it bleach color?ReplyCancel

  • Linda - I just used about 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons white vinegar, 2 teaspoons blue Dawn…mixed together in a measuring cup & place my spray nossel on my kitchen sink down in the cup. Went back inside after about 15 minutes, lifted out the nossel, rubbed my finger across the end of it & schzam!! All the chemical buildup is gone!! This is super! My spray nossel now looks new….ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Know if cream of tartar will remove permanent marker from colored jeans?ReplyCancel

    • Elaine - try rubbing alcohol for permenantl marker stains.ReplyCancel

  • LaDonna - Thank you so very much for the tips & definately repinned to my board for others to see, thank you again, DonnaReplyCancel

  • Pamela Hall - Will the mixture of cream of tartar and hot water remove rust stains from a formica counter top?ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Hall - will the mixture of cream of tartar and hydrogen perioxide remove rust stains from formica counter top?ReplyCancel

  • Donovan - Welders will love this tip too, for cleaning aluminum.ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Another use-if you have food burnt on a pan, put some water in the pan, sprinkle a little cream of tartar in the water, and heat on the stove for a few minutes. The burnt food will scrape right off! An old “recipe” passed down from my Mom!ReplyCancel

  • Asha - Thank you for this tip, I am just getting into homemade versions of soap, detergent etc so I’m very happy to find this blog (saw it on Pinterest by the way).

    We have mould that grows around our bedroom window that has been the bane of my life for the past 3 winters – I am attacking it with cream of tartar and see if it grows back! (will let you know).

    Thanks again 🙂ReplyCancel

  • eilee - Wonder if this would work on pergo floors with hair spray residue or will it take the finish off. It is so hard to remove the hairspray. Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Lane - Have you used this on the grout and tile on a kitchen floor? My grout was never sealed and is stained and darkened, Or do you have any other suggestions? What did you mix with the cream of tarter?ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Great ideas for easy, natural cleaning. One question though, what is glycerin?ReplyCancel

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  • Roza S - these are great tips! any idea if it would be safe on my car’s cream leather seats?ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - Wow – can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the tipsReplyCancel

  • kim mills - Would it work to get a yogurt stain out of beige carpet?ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey - Maybe I missed it and I didn’t read all of the other comments, but how to do you remove mold and mildrew from grout? I have an all tile shower and it gets disgusting and nothing I have used has removed those spots. If cream of tarter works, please tell me exactly how you do it for grout?ReplyCancel

  • fran thoren - What can you use to take off rust stains on fiberglass tub surround?ReplyCancel

  • kath - i,ve just read a comment posted by gypsy67 about her family drinking cream of tartar in water when young that blew me away i,m going to look into that further thanksReplyCancel

  • Carollynn - It will take A LOT of cream of tartar, TIME, elbow grease, a green scrub pad, and several cloths to clean your aluminum pan. It took me at least a solid hour of scrubbing to clean a jelly roll pan. I will try the other tips but I don’t think I would really clean another aluminum pan with it.ReplyCancel

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  • mona - AMAAAAAAAZING! I cannot wait to test these out! Thanks for your site!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Ummmm… U forgot to add that is u blend sugar with cream of tartar than you can make your own powdered sugar. Who knew it was a cleaning agent too?ReplyCancel

  • kim - Just used Cream of Tartar on glass shower doors. They are textured, as all are, and C.O.T. w/wet paper towels stripped through that “haze” that sometimes shows up. I then rinsed doors w/water and used spray cleaner as usual….sparkling!!ReplyCancel

  • Green Clean: Cleaning with Cream of Tartar - […] to the post from the pin, Cream of Tartar is a natural bleaching agent. I used it for cleaning my bathroom […]ReplyCancel

  • judy ziebell - My worst stain is the blinds right next to my stove in my apartment. They are covered with grease and grime and I’ve tried everything. I am going to try Cream of Tarter. It sounds like a wonderful thing. I will let you knowReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - Will it be safe to use ceam of tarer on a granite shower pan? I know you have to be careful with acids?ReplyCancel

  • linda - For grease stains on clothing use the cleaner Lestoil, it works well on set stains that made it through the dryer prior. I buy Lestoil in Canadian Tire store.ReplyCancel

  • leigh - i dont know about anyone else…but cream of tarter is very expensive where i live…and buying it in bulk online is the same….does anyone have any ideas on how to buy it in quantity and not break the bank? i live in the US. and the stores only sell it in small quanitites in the baking isle…i would love to find some …thanks for your time and for the insight! It does work great!ReplyCancel

  • leigh - i dont know about anyone else…but cream of tarter is very expensive where i live…and buying it in bulk online is the same….does anyone have any ideas on how to buy it in quantity and not break the bank? i live in the US. and the stores only sell it in small quanitites in the baking isle…i would love to find some …thanks for your time and for the insight! It does work great!

    have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Sam - I can’t stand the yellow underarm stains on white shirts and nothing seems to work that I’ve tried… Any ideas?ReplyCancel

  • LaDonna - I just brought my winter coat up from storage and notice a mouse left a stain on my coat. I spotted it with tide, washed it and the stain is still there. I haven’t put it in the dryer. So, I thought I would try the cr. of tarter, but will it discolor the red on my coat?? Help please!!ReplyCancel

  • carole - grout and textured shower floor….soooo hard to get cleanReplyCancel

  • mcmahon - Will this work on wood floors? I have a build up of dirt/oil on my wood floors and our mop and floor steamer are not doing the trick.ReplyCancel

  • april - see alot of people looking to get rust stains out of showers. if your not looking for a natural cleaner the easiest solution (and cheapest) that i have found is the works toilet bowl cleaner. yep the Works its like 1.25 and i just spray the stuff straight on the walls everywhere! let it run down into the tub for about 10 minutes and then spray off! no scrubbing or anything! open them windows though especially if you have a small bathroom like mine. only con is doesn’t do dirt so you will have to clean the dirt off with something else but the rust will go away.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Thank You for all the great tips for cleaning. I looked at this post to find out more about my doctors sugestion to use cream of tarter on my food to naturely get rid of my kidney stone. Just another use for this spice.ReplyCancel

  • Dee - My toughest problem is my shower tile. It’s got a layer of something on it that will not come off. I’m guessing it’s hard water buildup, but I’m honestly not sure. I’ve tried many of the typical commercial cleaners, as well as vinegar. The only thing that works is called an Earth Stone, but the time it takes to scrub it away one tile at a time is crazy. I would love a solution to this problem! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Cleaner Jobs - I used this cream tarter on my copper kettles and yes it does work. thanks for solving my problemReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Just wondering if you have any suggestions for removing super glue off laminate counter tops!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Hi was amazed that you said Cream of Tartar comes from grapes, its actually from the Baobab tree and tastes amazing, used to eat it straight from the seed pod as a child


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  • Sara - I just mixed a little COT with vinegar to get out permanent marker stains my dear son left on our wood table. The stains aren’t completely gone, but it worked better than other home remedies I tried! I don’t notice them so much anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • SBC - Wonderful news, another way of getting back to natural cleansers.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - I put equal amounts of vinegar & water in a glass casserol. Place it in my microwave. I then let it cook for about 3 to 5 minutes. After that using a sponge of paper towel wipe out your microwave. All the gunk is gone. This is a weekly ritual for me. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Vonceil - I was so excited to try on discolored grout stain in my bathroom. I’ve tried everything. This too did not work. Guess I’ll have to regrout. 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Lin - I clean my grout with straight white vinegar in a spray bottle and a stiff plastic brush (size of a toothbrush) I found in the paint department. Cleaned the grout immediately. Whipped off the vinegar with a towel.ReplyCancel

  • Gloria Montoya - What will remove old crystal light stains. They are red. I have tried everything. Dawn and vinegar. I’m hoping you can answer my question.ReplyCancel

  • Mindy - Where on earth did you get your Cream of Tartar Scottish terrier jar?!?!?! I love scottie stuff and would love to get one of these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nathalie - Just curious, would cream of tartar work on teeth? I have a stubborn stain on one of my front teeth and have very sensitive teeth so have not attempted to have any work done by a dentist but HATE that stain!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - To clean crusty burner pans from your electric range, place them in a pan of water, add a few tablespoons of cream of tarter, bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for about thirty minutes. It works like a charm.ReplyCancel

  • 33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You » TF Body - […] of tartar is another natural cleaning agent. Get more tips on how to use cream of tartar here. Source: razorfamilyfarms.com […]ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks for sharing, I’ll have to give it a try.ReplyCancel

  • arlie - That’s amazing! I have some black rings on my countertop from a creamer canister that was left in a puddle of coffee (guess who did that) and haven’t been able to find anything to remove it! Will certainly give this a try!ReplyCancel

    • Lin - I use baking soda and white vinegar to remove stains off my counter. Cover the stain with baking soda, pour or spray white vinegar on the baking soda. You will get a fussing (volcano) reaction, wait a few minutes and while it off with a sponge or towel. Repeat if it doesn’t remove the stain completely.ReplyCancel

  • uteh - I used cream of tartar on a wet sponge and rubbed it into my toaster and all the greasy came off. Looks like new , again!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Nason - I am wondering if cream of tartar mixed with lemon juice would help remove the tear stains on my shih tzu. he is a cream coloured and the tear stain show up reddish.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - If it is a gentle bleaching agent, would it be safe to add to my homemade powdered laundry detergent?ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Sandige - Have you ever used the hot pink post-a-notes? If they get wet, they stain (great for Easter eggs, but terrible for solid oak furniture). Mix vinegar and cream-of-tartar into a paste. Scrub with finger, with the grain (you’ll notice your finger turning pink – it’s working!). Rub off with damp paper towel. Reapply 1 or 2 more times. It won’t get it all up, but you’ll have to look hard for the old stain. Thanks to whomever posted the same problem that I found on my google search. This was the solution she tried and found successful. Now on to my oak dresser. Same problem.ReplyCancel

  • Jena - Just to clarify one person’s comment that COT was not a product of grapes, COT is a natural, fine white powder that is left behind after grape juice has fermented to wine.ReplyCancel

  • melissa waber - can you use it in your laundry?ReplyCancel

  • JC - I’m impressed..yes I did know that cream of tartar & baking soda were the ingredients in baking powder..to add to it…arrowroot for preserving if you make a lot..I usually only make enough for what I am baking at the time, but for those who don’t like to look for the measurements each time or like me keep them posted on the wall behind my mixer, keeping plenty made ahead on hand is good.

    Cream of Tartar is not a cheap product like baking soda. There is a source for buying it in bulk (1~pound) and since it is being used in cleaning, you won’t care where it is gotten from (much of the products are from ‘foreign countries’) http://www.bulkfoods.com/whole-foods.asp?wholesale=4284ReplyCancel

  • Sinit - Where can i buy it or how much does it costs?ReplyCancel

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  • Monica - I have been trying to do the glycerin spray and am not having any luck getting the mixture to spray . . . . . . Is it just C of TT and glycerin or do I have to use water with it as we’ll?????ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca BW - Did you burn that meal? Scorch the pan or baking dish? Don’t scrub! Just add 1 tablespoon of Cream of Tartar and 1 1/2 cup of water to the pan and place it on the burner. Bring to a full rolling boil for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool. Scrap off burned food with metal spoon or metal knife. If your baking dish is not to be used on stove top burner, place in oven for at least 40 minutes. Remove dish from oven and let cool. Scrap off scorched food. Wash as usual.ReplyCancel

  • Patty Fugleson - “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.”

    Does this apply to acrylic tubs as well?

    Thank you for your informative site.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - What about rings in crystal vases? Does this formula clean those? I’ve tried straight vinegar and that didn’t work. Thanks for any helpful hints.ReplyCancel

  • Stella - GR8 info!!! I had a fire in my microwave oven and have black smoke marks. I’ve tried all the products I have. Any suggestions???

  • Pam - My grandmother always used this method. I had forgotten about it.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene O. - I’m looking for an easy way to clean the inside of my toaster oven. The tray can be removed and cleaned, but the sides and ceiling are a problem. Any suggestions?ReplyCancel

  • Safe Cleaning chemicals by Custom Chemicals International - Yes! I’ll try these cleaning recipes using Cream of Tartar. Just in time for my other product development experiments using natural ingredients for my green product line. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane Colliflower - How to clean stains on my formica in bathroom. I have used vinegar, baking soda and of course regular cleaners. Help. (may be stain with wood stain)ReplyCancel

  • Mary Jane Colliflower - I have stains on my formica in bathroom. It may have been wood stain from the cabinets, not absolutely sure however. Traditional cleaners have not work, and have used baking soda, vinegar, peroxide. Still have the stains, send me a miracle please. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Lacey - I buy cream of tartar in bulk at our local home brewing shop. You might check to see if your town has one if you’d like to find it more affordably.ReplyCancel

  • Dana - A few tablespoons is all that’s in that $4 container of cream of tartar. so it’s certainly not inexpensive.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - honestly, I’ve just learned more about Cream of Tartar than I ever thought I would. I’m a DIYer, all natural cleaner-making freak and I’ve been using a lot of vinegar and baking soda mixes for the home. Gonna add some CoT (which I bought once for one recipe and never used again) for some added power 🙂 Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Donna buy it in bulk. If you have a bulk Barn where you are or something similar it is very inexpensive.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - Opps sorry meant DanaReplyCancel

  • Christine - What about pet urine on carpet?ReplyCancel

  • Marie Keough - Dear Barb,

    Do you have a natural recipe that would clean plastic cutting boards with deep cuts in them. The cuts have turned black and as far as I’m concerned, should not be used if they cannot be cleaned, I certainly wouldn’t want to eat anything that was prepared on them! Thank you so much for your time and consideration Barb.


  • Clara - My worst problem at the moment is a three year old red wine stain that even the professional cleaners were unable to remove. Do you have any ideas? I’ve tried white wine, as well as anything else the professionals suggested (which didn’t work any better for them).

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  • Kathy - Thanks for the tips! I just tried the cream of tartar and vinegar on my mom’s microwave…I tried an unorthodox recipe for potato chips, and instead ended up with a few charred rounds and a massive yellow stain on the side of the microwave. End result: the color lightened! So, hopefully with a few more applications, the stain will be gone! Thanks again for your lifesaving recipe 🙂ReplyCancel

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  • Galaxy Girl - This is to everyone still using aluminum cook ware…STOP! It has been confirmed that aluminum can cause breast cancer, alzheimer’s, parkinson’s disease, etc. It is also in baking powder and deodorant. I found aluminum-free baking powder at Walmart the other day.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Plessner - Gel pen has been my nemesis—–especially after set in on uniforms. I have tried everything.ReplyCancel

  • Ronald Erasmus - To my knowledge Cream of Tartar comes from the pod of the Baobab Tree.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Williams - Great advice. Interested in getting large amount of cream of tartar!ReplyCancel

  • gandolina - cheapest place to buy cream of tartar is NOT the grocery. find a health food store with bulk spices. You end up paying about one-fifth of what it costs at supermarketReplyCancel

  • Latisha - Great common sense here. Wish I’d thuhgot of that.ReplyCancel

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  • rebecca searles - I justtried the creme of tartar and vinegar on my stainless steele sink ( hard water stains). Twice it did ot work…ReplyCancel

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  • Gayle - I used the cream of tartar with vinegar as a paste on my bathroom counter around the faucets. The counter looks beautiful, and cleaned up all the lime and water spots. Try it and you will love it!ReplyCancel

  • Pam hurst - I am seriously looking for a way to clean a stain out of tile. A jar of grape juice was dropped and left at least 2 days and we have tried EVERYTHING including straight bleach. Help!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny - Great tips. Does cream of tartar work to clean ovens?ReplyCancel

  • Katy6 - Hi there

    Thanks for the tips.

    Anyone know how to remove the oxidised marks from aluminium window frames on a 1970’s house?

    Thanks, :))ReplyCancel

    • Lee - Please don’t laugh but a Designer had me spray Oven Cleaner on the Aluminium window frames wait three to five minutes and wipe with a clean cloth, then polish it with a damp rag and rebuff with a soft cloth. It worked so well. Should you have a lot to do, please wear protective gloves and a face mask for the fumes.ReplyCancel

  • Carole @ From My Carolina Home - Just now found you on Pinterest, thanks for the info! But, I must have one of your vintage shakers, love that green color with the little dog!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - I just used a mixture of 3 tsp cream of target and 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide to clean my stainless steel sink a couple days ago. Could not believe how clean it looks. I had just cleaned with regular cleaner the night before, and was amazed to see Mr Clean Dry eraser turn dark gray. All that gunk from a sink I thought was clean.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Benallick - How do I clean an oven. I have tried dawn soap and vinegar. It is shiny but still stained.ReplyCancel

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    I just gave you some love on my latest blog post.

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