We have all seen it, and I am pretty sure everyone has used cream of tartar to perfect their meringue or whipped cream. There are, however, certain uses of this white substance that go beyond the kitchen that you probably didn’t associate with cream of tartar right away. Well, these things precisely make life much easier and will be of great help around the house.
What is Cream of Tartar Actually
As I have mentioned above, you have all already used it, which in turn means that you already know that although called “cream” cream of tartar is not creamy at all. Cream of tartar is actually an acid salt of tartaric acid, hence the name. Other names include potassium bitartrate and potassium hydrogen tartrate and it is in fact, a byproduct of the process of wine making. And while there are many useful articles on the uses of cream of tartar you can find on the web, I think the most exhaustive of them all must be The Incredible Cream of Tartar – How to Use and What to Substitute With.
What is the Most Unusual Use of Cream of Tartar?
Well, if you were hoping for a cream of tartar recipe, now is the time to move along. In fact, the above-mentioned blog post contains plenty of cream of tartar recipes, but I am going to share with you something it doesn’t include: THE BEST USE OF CREAM OF TARTAR! à Making playdough.
Playdough has always been kids’ favorite, and if we are being honest adults can’t stay partial to it either. And the best part is: you can make your very own, all with the help of potassium bitartrate. To prepare the playdough you will need a tablespoon of potassium bitartrate, a cup of flour, salt and water each, a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and, of course, food coloring to make your playdough as fun as ever (you will need around 3-5 drops). As with regular dough, you will notice whether it is too wet or too dry and you will need to add more flour or more water respectively. To make things even more interesting, add some glitter as well, your kids, especially if they are girls will love this idea.
What Else Can Cream of Tartar Be Used for
Now that I’ve shared the most unusual use of cream of tartar, here are several very useful tips on how to combine it with other ingredients for the best results in and beyond the kitchen.
Say bye-bye to stains
If your favorite dress or shirt got stained, then make a solution out of potassium bitartrate and a lemon squeeze. Mix until you get a paste-like substance and spread it over the stain. Let the solution work for an hour or two and then wash as you usually would.
Freshen your clothes up
If your white clothes start to turn yellowish, there is no room for panic. You can easily return the bright white color they had by soaking them in water and potassium bitartrate. The ratio should be a quart of water and a teaspoon of cream of tartar.
You will be surprised at how much a teaspoon of cream of tartar can do when it comes to removing rust from pans and pots. Well, cream of tartar is not to take the whole credit for it, since you will also need a 1/4 cup of baking soda and a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Once the ingredients have formed a paste, go ahead and spread it over the rusted area on the pot. Wait for around half an hour and wipe the pan/pot clean.
There is nothing worse than having a clogged drain. Regardless of whether it is hair or gunk that are doing the damage, a solution made from a tablespoon of cream of tartar, a cup of water, a 1/4 cup of salt and the same amount of baking soda, will unclog your drain if left for half an hour and followed by a run of hot water.
There you have it guys, all the uses of potassium hydrogen tartrate in one place. You will have more time to play with that homemade playdough now that you don’t have to worry about seemingly trivial, yet time consuming operations around the house. Potassium bitartrate is literally a cure all when it comes to the household!