Alka-Seltzer tablets are made up of aspirin, citric acid, and baking soda, which are perfect ingredients for curing an upset stomach or a hangover. But did you know these little fizzing tablets aren’t just useful for medicinal purposes? It turns out that Alka-Seltzer can be used for cleaning, deodorizing and so much more!
It’s always a good idea to keep some tablets handy because these 8 ways to use Alka-Seltzer will save you time, money, and make your life so much easier.
And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to have a clean house and more time and energy?
1. Unclog a drain
Alka-Seltzer is a great way to naturally unclog your drain without any harsh chemicals. Simply drop about 4 tablets down the drain, add about a cup of white vinegar, and let it work for 10 minutes. Flush the sink with a pot of boiling hot water and you should be clog-free!
2. Clean your toilet
Cleaning and scrubbing the toilet might be one of the least enjoyable chores in the entire home. What if you didn’t have to do all that scrubbing and Alka-Seltzer could do it for you? No, you’re not dreaming, it’s true! Just drop a couple tablets in the toilet bowl and let it sit for around 20 minutes, the citric acid will help break up any grime. Give the toilet a quick scrub with the brush, flush, and it should be sparkling clean.
3. Soothe insect bites
Itchy mosquito and insect bites are the absolute worst, but there’s an easy way to soothe the irritation. Dissolve a tablet of Alka-Seltzer in a bowl of warm water, soak a cotton ball in the solution and hold it on the itchy bug bite for around 20-30 seconds.
4. Remove burnt on food
Save time scrubbing dirty pots, pans, and dishes by letting Alka-Seltzer tablets do all the work. Add five tablets to a sink with hot water, let the dishware soak for about an hour, and the burnt food should come off with ease.
5. Clean deep or narrow vases
Cleaning a deep vase or container with a narrow neck can seem like an almost impossible task, but thanks to Alka-Seltzer, it only takes a few minutes. Pour water into the vase (but not to the top because the mixture will fizz), drop a few tablets inside, then wait for 10 minutes. Pour the solution out, then place the vase under the faucet with the water on high; the gunk inside should be loosened and you’re left with a sparkling clean vase.
6. Deodorize your fridge
Baking soda is usually the go-to product for deodorizing a fridge, and it helps absorb odors over time. However, if your fridge is super stinky and you need a remedy now, Alka-Seltzer will do the trick. Drop a tablet into a glass of water and set it in the refrigerator for about half an hour, no more stinky fridge!
7. Remove stains from plastic storage containers
Storing food in plastic containers is a great way to keep leftovers and save some money, but as we all know, they stain. No matter how much you scrub and scrub, it seems like Tupperware stains are there to stay. Remove spaghetti sauce stains from your plastic containers with hot water and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Just fill the container with hot water and let 1 or 2 tablets dissolve and sit for 30 minutes.
8. Clean your coffee maker
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Coffee pots can obviously become stained and dirty over time, but have you ever thought about the inside of your coffee maker? Fill the chamber with water and drop in a tablet of Alka-Seltzer before running the normal brew cycle. The tablets will break up any grime and get all of the inner components of the coffee maker squeaky clean.