Most people know about Alka-Seltzer as the fizzy pill to take when your stomach’s upset or you’ve had a bit too much to drink the night before. This effervescent pill is made of aspirin, citric acid, and baking soda, which means it has more uses besides medical ones. These useful ingredients make this tablet a worthwhile household cleaning product. Discover the many items in your home that a little bit of this bubbling medicine can fix or clean.
1. Unclog a drain
This trick is a safe and natural solution to a clogged drain. Drop four effervescent tablets down the drain. Next pour a cup of white vinegar, and let it stand for ten minutes. Boil water in the kettle and flush it down the drain. Regularly doing this cleaning procedure ensures a clean, deodorized drain.
2. Quickly clean a toilet
If you want to efficiently and quickly clean your toilet bowl, this trick works wonders. Drop two tablets in the toilet. After 20 minutes the citric acid should have loosened the grime. Scrub the bowl and then flush. You will be left with a shiny, clean and deodorized bowl. This is especially helpful if you find yourself with short-notice guests.
3. All-purpose household cleaner
You can clean just about anything with 3 effervescent tablets dropped in 8 ounces of warm water. When the fizzing stops, you can use this mixture in a spray bottle or with a sponge to effectively wipe down counters, tiles or bathtubs. You can even use this concoction as mop water. Adjust the measurements to 5 tablets to half a gallon of water.
4. Get sparkling jars and vases
Vases, thermoses, jars and other cylinder-shaped vessels with narrow necks are notoriously hard to get clean. Make sure those hard to reach containers don’t get neglected in the cleaning department with this nifty trick. Drop two tablets in the vessel and then add hot water. Swish it around so that the tablets dissolve. Let it sit for an hour, and then rinse. Your item should shimmer like new.
5. Help you catch fish
You don’t need fancy fishing bait to attract the attention of fish. They love bubbles and nothing fascinates them more than the stream of an effervescent tablet fizzing. Break a tablet in two and throw it near your fishing line. You can also place a tablet in a tube jug and cast off.
6. Insect bite relief
Quickly soothe pesky insect bites by soaking a cotton ball in warm water with 2 dissolved tablets. Dabbing the skin with this solution
can offer temporary relief but the best way to relieve the sting of bites is by leaving the remedy on the affected skin for 30 minutes.
Transform white clothes or linen that have turned a dingy yellow back into a snowy shade. Soak your laundry in a solution of two tablets dissolved in a gallon of warm water for an hour and then dry by air or dryer. For any lingering marks refer to this handy stain guide.
8. Remove burnt food from bake-ware
There’s nothing worse than cleaning and scrubbing your bake-ware to discover stubborn bits of burnt food still clinging to the dish. Alka-Seltzer can offer you some help. Drop 5 tablets into a sink or basin filled with hot water. Leave your bake-ware to soak in the solution for an hour. After soaking you will find when you scrub the dish, the burnt food should come off easily.
9. Remove stains from plastic containers
Curry and spaghetti sauce tend to tinge your plastic containers a yellow or orange color. The good news is that this stain is not as permanent as you think. Just fill your container with warm water and drop in a tablet or two. After 30 minutes, you will notice the color returning to its original cloudy shade.
10. Jewelry polisher
A cheaper solution than buying jewelry cleaner is this clever idea. In a bowl, add warm water and two tablets. Place your jewelry in the solution, allowing the pieces to soak for 20 minutes. When you remove the jewelry, it will be free of trapped dirt and look refreshingly new. Please note that this can harm your pearls and opals.
11. A cleaner coffee maker
Coffee makers are a lovely reprieve for making coffee, but a pain to clean. Alka-Seltzer can be a great help in cleaning the internal compartments. Simply fill the water chamber with water and drop in three tablets. After the tablets have dissolved, run the coffee maker through a brewing cycle with this mixture. Your coffee maker’s internal parts will be thoroughly cleaned. It’s recommended that you run a plain water cycle once more before using the machine for brewing coffee.
12. Clean a smelly cooler
Coolers are most useful for a camping trip or day out, but it can be awkward to get rid of the smells that accumulate in them. You can clean and deodorize a cooler by adding an inch of water to the bottom and then dropping in four tablets. Let it rest for an hour. Afterwards rinse and dry the cooler. All foul odors should be gone and your cooler will be ready for use again.
13. Deodorize your fridge
Another item in your household that can accumulate smells is the fridge. Using Alka-Seltzer can remove unpleasant smells from your fridge. Drop a tablet in a cup of water and leave it inside for half an hour. The smell should vanish. If this doesn’t work, we recommend you wash down the inside of the fridge with a solution of Alka-Seltzer all-purpose cleaner (as mentioned in #3).
14. Cleaner dentures
Place your false teeth in a glass of warm water mixed with an effervescent tablet for ten minutes. The combination of citric acid and carbonation fight to remove stains from your dentures, or any other prosthetic dental pieces.