Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar is a natural substance often used to stabilize egg whites and whipped cream. It is derived from tartaric acid, the white powdery substance that forms in the barrels during the wine fermentation process.

While it’s commonly known for it’s culinary uses, cream of tarter also has hidden talents when it comes to cleaning.


Make a paste of cream of tartar and water and use it to polish your stainless steel appliances and cookware.

Mix it with a little lemon juice to polish copper.

Raw carrot in a copper saucepan

Cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide can lift off that nasty bathtub ring.  Apply it to the ring, let it dry, and wipe the solution and the ring right off!

It’s also a great way to remove mildew from grout.

Did you know that you can mix it with baking soda to make baking powder in a pinch?

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