What is Cream of Tartar and What Can You Use It For?

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What is Cream of Tartar and What Can You Use It For?

Life is about the pursuit of knowledge. The more you know the more you grow. So here is some information for anyone who ever wanted to know the answer to the question “What is Cream of Tartar?”

Cream of Tartar

The scientific name of Cream of Tartar is Potassium Bitartrate.

It is an acid salt, meaning that when it is dissolved into a liquid it will lower the pH of the liquid. Quoted here.

Potassium Bitartrate, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, with formula KC4H5O6, is a byproduct of winemaking. In cooking it is known as cream of tartar. It is the potassium acid salt of tartaric acid (a carboxylic acid). Wikepedia Definition

It’s found in the sediment left behind in barrels after the wine has been fermented, and it gets purified into the powdery white substance that we use in baking. Quoted here.

Did you know that “it’s said that cream of tartar residue has been found in pottery dating back 7,000 years!” Quoted here.

Here are some great ways you can use Cream of Tartar:

1.) Baking
2.) To make homemade cleaning products.
3.) Stain Removal
4.) Homemade Playdough
5.) Bath Bombs

Learn how:

Cream Of Tartar Uses for Cleaning, Stain Removal And More
Clean with Cream of tartar
Cream of Tartar-17 Uses that will blow your mind
12 + 1 Uses of Cream of Tartar
Calming Homemade Play Dough Recipe for Kids
How to Make Your Own Bath Bombs
Simple DIY Bath Bombs

By |2017-02-22T13:18:55+00:00March 9th, 2015|Learning Something New|8 Comments


  1. Terri Presser March 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Thank for sharing this great informative post at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  2. Savvy March 15, 2015 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I have cream of tarter in my pantry and can’t remember what I bought it for. Maybe a pie! Thanks for teaching me more about it.

  3. Mindie March 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I knew what it was, but I just never seem to use it LOL Like ever. I don’t think I own any. Thanks for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop!

  4. Kelly @ Mum-bo March 16, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

    I don’t have any in my pantry as I never really knew what it was for. I have only really just started getting into baking so I’ll get some next time I go shopping. I also love using natural cleaning products (bi carb of soda, vinegar, eucalyptus oil) so I’ll look into this more! Thanks for linking up to Mum-bo Monday

  5. Christie March 19, 2015 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I had no clue where cream of tartar came from! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

  6. Betsy @ BPhotoArt.com March 19, 2015 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I’ve used it to make play dough before… worked really well!

    Pinned to Pinterest, and visiting from #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup :)

    • Latisha Barker March 24, 2015 at 4:55 am - Reply

      Hi Betsy,

      Still have to try making play dough. Haven’t gotten around to it yet.

  7. Lisa October 5, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    So interesting! A lot of my cookie recipes call for this, but I didn’t know why. Thanks, Latisha!

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