Cleaning Copper Pots and Pans with Cream of Tarter

A tip I wanted to share with you all is I have been using Cream of Tarter for cleaning occasionally.  It is acidic and cleans well depending on the situation. 

Usually to clean my copper bottom pots, it takes a lot more hard scrubbing and a brand new green scotch brite pad or a steel wool. 

However if you make a paste with Cream of Tarter and water and let it sit for a few minutes, the job is much easier.  Add in some baking soda if you need more abrasiveness or use a scrubby pad of your choice.  If you let it sit for a few minutes, you will need a lot less "elbow grease".

All in all, this job went a good deal easier than usual.  I know some use things like tomato sauce(or Ketchup) overnight, vinegar, and lemon juice are good cleaning acids for this job too.  I am guessing Cream of Tarter isn't something a lot of people will think of using for a item to clean with.

So if you have a little Cream of Tarter, don't forget about it's potential cleaning power as well.

See the pictures of the process below.

To show the difference I applied some to half of the pot bottom and let it sit for a few minutes.

 Notice it working as it sits.  I gave it a light scrub so you could see through the paste.

I went ahead and done both sides and got them wiped off.  They are all finished and shining.  Now if I can just keep my daughter from swiping them and taking them to the sandbox.....


  1. Hi, there. This comment is off-topic, but I didn't know how else to contact you. I was part of the forum you had for a brief time and wanted to ask your opinion on YouTube. How should we reconcile our use of YT with their now overt support of homosexuals?We use YT as a homeschool resource. Not surprised about their position, just hard to use it with the blatant support, now. Thanks! You are such a blessing!

    1. As a general thing, I don't boycott too many companies as SO MANY have policies or actions we disagree with. I do not think I could keep track of it all. I try to take and weigh each thing to see if there is still good in it. Youtube is something I have had quite a few people tell me has been a big blessing to them. Just a few days ago, someone told me how their husband recently came to Christ via the effect from the videos. So I guess it is like any other thing, we have to weigh it and pray over it to see if our family can still safely use and interact with it, etc. Also seeking the husband's leadership and so forth is a given. I think different families will have different lines in the sand. For now, I guess I will keep on, keeping on...with prayer.

  2. Wow! I didn't know that and I too use YT. Your opinion is greatly appreciated.


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