Using Cream Of Tartar To Clean Aluminum Kitchen Items

by SR101 Reader

An SR101 Reader shared this tip for how to clean aluminum kitchen items with a natural ingredient.

SR101 Reader says:

I used cream of tartar and hot water to lighten an old spaghetti colander like the one Mom used.


It doesn't shine but it definitely lightened the old icky darkened color.

I could have used wax to shine it but I just didn't care to do that.

It's now clean and looks like new and that was my objective.

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Taylor says:

Thanks for that great tip for how to clean aluminum.

I suggested something similar when I shared a homemade aluminum cleaner recipe for pots and pans, except I also added some additional ingredients. It is good to know that the cream of tartar can also remove stains and darkening in the metal all by itself.

As for using the wax to shine it, that may be worthwhile to do if you've got a decorative item. However, for items that you use in the kitchen, such as the colander, I would not suggest using wax since it will melt with the hot food, and mix with it, and it is not something you want to ingest.

I would love to hear how others clean this metal as well. You can share your own tips here, or read others that have already been submitted.

In addition, if you're curious about the ingredient used in this cleaning recipe you can also read my article about cream of tartar uses for cleaning and stain removal here.

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