Amazing Uses for Cream of Tartar, Beyond Baking | jessie rogers

Tartar creamCanvas: Jessie Rogers

Tartaric acid is naturally present in grapes. When grapes are fermented into wine, tartaric acid forms sediment on the walls of wine barrels. The sediment is removed and ground into a fine powder that we know as cream of tartar.

Cream of tartar is potassium bitartrate and it has many great uses beyond cooking and baking. According to, cream of tartar can be used to clean burnt-on food from kitchen utensils due to its acidic properties. It can also be used to whiten laundry, remove hard water stains from porcelain, and clean drains and remove rust. They also list recipes for treating heartburn, gallstones, and making non-toxic modeling clay.

Dirty fridge binjessie rogers

I did an experiment with the little bin under the ice and water dispenser in my fridge. It’s always been hard to keep clean and I can never get stains out of corners.

I sprinkled a little cream of tartar on the difficult areas and filled the tray with white vinegar. I let it sit for about 10 minutes. I checked once and something was bubbling.

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When I went back to empty the mixture and rinse the tray, I was happy to see it was clean! Cleaner than it has been in a very long time. I usually clean the tray with bleach and try scrubbing the stains, it worked much better!

To clean!jessie rogers

I made a mixture with cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide and tried it on my bathroom sink, which I think is original in my 1974 house. I have left the paste on the stain for a few minutes and wiped it off with a paper towel. It was definitely whiter, but not completely gone. But I will be adding this to my cleaning routine and I think the stains will fade over time.

Farmers Almanac claims that cream of tartar can be used to repel ants or as a substitute for baking powder, and with caution and medical advice, it can be used as a diuretic and laxative. There are more claims that cream of tartar can be used to treat acne, gallstones, urinary tract infections, arthritis, and nicotine withdrawal.

Cream of tartar is potassium, and you can take too much, so consult a healthcare practitioner before use.