How to Clean Burnt Pans With Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar is an acid that comes from grapes as a byproduct of wine-making. It is commonly used for baking, particularly to create meringues or in cookies, and you can use it to make homemade play-dough. However, cream of tartar is also useful as a scrubbing agent for cleaning burned-on messes in your aluminum, brass or copper pots and pans. Its acid content and smooth, powdery texture combine to cut through cooked-on messes without the need for expensive, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals.

If you burned a pan while cooking, cream of tartar is an economical way to scrub it clean.

Step 1

Pour 2 tbsp. of cream of tartar onto the burnt pot or pan.

Step 2

Pour 1 tbsp. of vinegar or lemon juice over the cream of tartar.

Step 3

Mix the liquid and cream of tartar together to make a paste, adding more liquid as necessary.

Step 4

Scrub the bottom of your pan with a scrubbing sponge or dishcloth and cream of tartar paste to remove the mess. Rinse with hot water.

Step 5

Pour 2 tbsp. of cream of tartar into the bottom of the pan if the mess still remains.

Step 6

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar or lemon juice and 1 quart of water to cream of tartar.

Step 7

Put the pot or pan with cream of tartar mixture onto the stove and turn heat to high until the mixture boils.

Step 8

Boil the cream of tartar mixture in the pan for 10 minutes.

Step 9

Cool the cream of tartar mixture and the pan, and scrub the bottom until the mess is removed. Repeat as necessary.