How to Remove Black Corrosion From Aluminum Cookware

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Extremely high temperatures can promote corrosion of aluminum, such as on this coffeepot.
Extremely high temperatures can promote corrosion of aluminum, such as on this coffeepot. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

A less expensive option than stainless steel cookware, aluminum cookware is lightweight, cooks food evenly. Anodization, a coating that makes aluminum more durable, ensures the cookware is corrosion-resistant. Regular cooking and washing can remove some of this coating, causing gray or black spots to appear on the surface of the cookware. You can restore the shine to your aluminum cookware using a simple solution of cream of tartar and water.

Things You'll Need

  • Cream of tartar
  • Tablespoon
  • Nylon scrubbing pad
  • Non-abrasive cleanser

Mix together 2 to 3 tablespoons of cream of tartar with 1 quart of water in the aluminum cookware.

Boil the cream of tartar mixture for about ten minutes. Do not cover the pot.

Wait for the pot to cool. Pour out the cream of tartar mixture and scrub the pot with the nylon pad and non-abrasive cleanser.

Rinse and dry.

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