Cleaning with Cream of Tartar

I have a super simple all natural cleaning secret for y’all.  Cream of Tartar.  Yep that stuff in your spice cabinet that you are just not sure what to do with.  You will be amazed at the cleaning power of that little container.  Try a few of my suggestions below and I guarantee you will be hooked.  An all natural and powerful cleaner right out of your spice cabinet.  This may well be your grandmother’s best kept cleaning secret.
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cleaning with cream of tartar

  1. Mix equal parts vinegar and Cream of Tartar for a wonderful non abrasive cleaner for nearly all surfaces.
  2. Cream of Tartar is an alternative to household bleach.  Use it mixed with half as much vinegar or water anywhere you would use bleach.
  3. Mix with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to clean stubborn pots and pans.
  4. Mix with 1/2 as much glycerin and add to a spray bottle.  You now have your own homemade laundry stain remover.
  5. Mix with 1/2 as much lemon juice for a great copper cleaner.
  6. Porcelain tubs and sinks can be cleaned with equal parts vinegar and Cream of Tartar.  Stains will magically disappear when rubbed with this mixture.
  7. Add water to form a paste and tackle those bathroom mildew stains.
  8. To clean drains, mix 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt, and 1 tbsp Cream of Tartar.  Pour in drain and add 1 cup of water.  Allow to sit then run water through.
  9. Mix Cream of Tartar with a little water to clean all of your stainless steel appliances.
  10. Remove scratches on dishes with a paste of Cream of Tartar and water.  
  11. A paste of Cream of Tartar and water will even clean stubborn soot from your fireplace with a brush.
  12. One tsp of Cream of Tartar per quart of water makes a great presoak for your whites.
  13. Clean your coffee pot with 2 to 3 teaspoons of Cream of Tartar plus water to fill.  Allow to heat up, scrub with a soft cloth, and rinse.
  14. Remove mold and mildew from grout with a mixture of Cream of Tartar and vinegar (form a paste).
  15. Repel ants with a sprinkling of Cream of Tartar.
  16. Remove rust stains from fabric with a paste of Cream of Tartar and water.
  17. Remove ring around the collar by applying Cream of Tartar directly to the ring.
  18. Discolored aluminum pots will be bright again after boiling 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar per quart of water for 10 minutes.
  19. Love Soft Scrub but want a natural version?  Mix lemon juice with Cream of Tartar.
  20. Ink stains can be removed with a paste of lemon juice and Cream of Tartar.  Allow to sit for one hour before laundering.
  21. Removing tea stains is a breeze with Cream of Tartar.
  22. Add a half teaspoon to water when boiling vegetables to preserve their color.
  23. Mix equal parts Cream of Tartar and vinegar to clean burner pans.  Apply paste and allow to sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing.  Repeat if needed.
  24. Mix paste of Cream of Tartar and vinegar to clean your oven.  Apply and allow to sit for 2 – 3 hours before removing.  Repeat if needed.
  25. Remove toilet stains easily with Cream of Tartar.  

Cream of Tartar has a very long shelf life and can be purchased in bulk through Amazon.  I found this to be the cheapest if you order enough to qualify for free shipping.  TASTE Specialty Foods Cream Of Tartar, 22-Ounce Plastic Container

As always, test all of these methods in an inconspicuous area before trying them on your entire surface. 
I hope you enjoy cleaning with Cream of Tartar as much as I do!
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  1. says

    makes you wonder if you should use in cooking anymore if it can do all that lol! #10 is interesting, I have some colbolt blue glass plates plates that are on their way out because they have scratches on them, I may try this & see if it works

  2. says

    I’ve been using CoT w/water to clean my glass fireplace doors for decades, when nothing else will touch it. I recommend using it with newspaper the first round, followed by a second using paper or cloth toweling. Be prepared to get VERY dirty, but the quick and amazing result is totally worth the wash up required afterward!

  3. Still Learning says

    Thanks for sharing this great cleaning secret! I had no idea that
    Cream of Tartar had whitening properties. I look forward to giving
    it a try in my kitchen.

  4. Ginny says

    I mixed up a paste of cream of tartar and white distilled vinegar to remove rust and grease stains off my stove drip pans. EXCELLENT! FAB-U-LOUS!! Me and my daughter’s drip pans are sparkling brand new. I’ll be cleaning my youngest daughter’s stove and oven in a couple of days as a surprise to her. I never, ever would have thought cream of tartar as a miracle cleaner.

  5. Ginny says

    Today, I cleaned a baking pan that had some rust stains in it. I used a mixture of white vinegar, cream of tartar, lemon juice, a smidgen of dish soap, and boiling hot water. Let it sit for 30-35 minutes and the rust was gone. There’s still a little discoloration but I think it’s baked-on and will probably be difficult to remove. I’ll try using the same mixture on another day but at least there’s no more rust. I also cleaned a glass baking dish the same way and it came out pretty decent even though it required a little more elbow grease than I expected. It’s gonna require another treatment as well. Anywhoo, I’m LOVIN’ cream of tartar right about now.


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