Friday, November 18, 2011

Frugal Friday Link up--4 uses for Cream of Tartar

We've made it to Friday again.
Again this week I've been sewing and sewing.  I can't wait to complete some of the projects and do a frugal post about them.  I should be able to get those projects done before next Friday, even with Thanksgiving in there.

This week from the 99 Cent Solutions book I am sharing 4 uses for cream of tartar:
1.  Create your own soft scrub.   If you have a gentle surface such as a cast-iron tub or a designer sink, you can make a effective cleaners that's devoid of harshness by mixing 2 tsp. white vinegar with 2 tsp. cream of tartar.  Rub and scrub with a sponge, then rinse with warm water and buff dry.

2.  Shine aluminum cookware.  Aluminum pots may heat beautifully, but woe to the cook who lets acid touch the pan.  Aluminum discolors like crazy.  Remove discoloration and stains by putting 1 qt. water and 2 tbsp. cream of tartar in the pan.  Bring to a boil, and as it simmers for 10 minutes, you will see the stains fade and disappear.

3.  Take stains off tile and tubs.  Stubborn stains on the tile or a bathtub ring that won't scrub off?  Put a few tbsp. of cream of tartar in a cup or jar, then add hydrogen peroxide by the drop to make a thick paste. (If you accidentally add too much liquid, you may want to dump half the entire cup before stirring in more cream of tartar, otherwise you will find the container empty fast!)  Spread the stain and let it dry.  Rinse off with warm water, and the stain should be history.

4.  Repel ants.  Sprinkle a line of cream of tartar across the path that ants are traveling to come in.  Put it across the windowsill or in corners and cracks around the kitchen.  As with boric acid, ants won't cross the line---but it's a much safer chemical to have out in your kitchen around foodstuffs and where children might be playing.

Thanks to those of you who linked up last week.  I hope to see more and more link up each week.  It's a great way to stay inspired to be frugal, save money, etc.

Don't forget to check out my current giveaways. I have more on the way. Blog giveaways are a great way to win some cool stuff. Since they have lower entries, the chances are good as well.


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