4 Clever Ways to Use Cream of Tartar Beyond Baking

Take this pantry staple beyond the mixing bowl. We've got four ways to use cream of tartar in your next cleaning emergency.

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PROBLEM: Buildup on Stainless Steel Pan

Cleaning with Cream of Tartar, Step 2a

Cleaning with Cream of Tartar, Step 2a

BEFORE

Photo by: Andy Vinson, Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson, Loch & Key Productions

BEFORE

1: Sprinkle cream of tartar on buildup.

2: Top with roughly 2 cups of hot water.

3: Let sit for 10 minutes.

4: Scrub off residue with a non-abrasive sponge.

5: Rinse well, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

PROBLEM: Scratched Plate

Cleaning with Cream of Tartar. Step 7

Cleaning with Cream of Tartar. Step 7

BEFORE

Photo by: Andy Vinson, Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson, Loch & Key Productions

BEFORE

1: Sprinkle cream of tartar on the scratched surface.

2: Scrub the area with a wet scouring pad.

3: Rinse well, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth.

PROBLEM: Dingy Appliances

1: Add cream of tartar to a small mixing bowl.

2: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

3: Mix with a spoon.

4: Dip a microfiber cloth in the mixture and polish the surface of the appliance(s) in small, circular motions. Continue until you've polished the entire surface.

5: Buff and wipe clean with a fresh microfiber cloth.

PROBLEM: Ink Stain

Cleaning with Cream of Tartar, Step 12

Cleaning with Cream of Tartar, Step 12

BEFORE

Photo by: Andy Vinson, Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson, Loch & Key Productions

BEFORE

1: Put a cloth directly behind the ink stain.

2: To create a bleach alternative, squeeze 1/2 a lemon into a small mixing bowl. Add cream of tartar, and stir.

3: Using a spoon, dab the mixture onto the ink stain.

4: Let sit for three hours.

5: Wash as normal.

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