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  • Unusual Uses For Alka-Seltzer

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    Posted on Sunday, July 4, 2010 by Denise Richardson

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      These fizzy little pills will help you unclog the sink, polish jewelry and more.

      Alka-Seltzer tablets and their generic equivalents are useful for more than just relief from indigestion and heartburn. From cleaning your toilet to attracting fish, these little pills pack big power when used in other ways.

      Clean Your Toilet
      Drop two tablets in the toilet, wait 20 minutes for the citric acid to loosen the grime, scrub and flush. Your toilet will look as clean as it would had you used conventional cleaners.  

      Unclog the Sink
      A great natural solution for unclogging the drain! Drop 3 tablets down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let the hot water run for 5 minutes and you’ll have a clear drain. This will also work to deodorize the drain.  

      Clean Burnt Food Off Glass Cookware
      Burnt the casserole again? Even with a good scrub, sometimes the food seems to stay. Enter Alka-Seltzer. Drop 5 tablets in a sink full of hot water, soak your cookware for an hour and the burnt food will come off with ease.  

      Clean a Glass Jar, Vase or Thermos
      For difficult to clean vessels with intricate design and hard to reach places, a wash cloth or scrub brush just won’t do. Instead, drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets in, add hot water and swish it around until the tablets are dissolved and let it sit for an hour. Rinse, and the glass jar, vase or Thermos will be as clean as new.  

      Polish Jewelry
      Drop two tablets in a bowl of warm water. Let your jewelry soak for about 20 minutes. It will look new again! (Note: This is not safe for pearls or opals.)  

      Clean a Coffee Percolator
      Fill the water chamber and drop in two tablets, then run a cycle. This will clean out all the internal components. Run through another plain water cycle before using the machine again for coffee.  

      Go Fishing
      Fish love bubbles, and dissolving Alka-Seltzer is very bubbly. Put a tablet inside your tube jig and cast off. The fish won’t be able to resist the stream of bubbles.

      Soothe Insect Bites
      Drop two tablets in warm water, then soak a cotton ball in the solution. Apply it to the infected area for 30 minutes for relief from the insect bites.  

      Aside from these great Home Ec. solutions, Alka-Seltzer tablets have been attributed medicinal benefits beyond those listed on the box. Here are two of the rumored benefits:

      Manage Nicotine Addiction
      Take two Alka-Seltzer tablets three times daily to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings.

      Cure Urinary Tract Infections
      Take two tablets in a glass of water as soon as you notice symptoms. Results are almost immediate. Keep in mind that Aspirin is a main ingredient in Alka-Seltzer so those with Aspirin allergies shouldn’t use it

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          Kyah wrote Jul 4, 2010
        • Plop Plop Fizz Fizz same with denture tablets!

          Denture cleansing tablets are like many other products you buy. They do a whole lot more than what they‘re intended to do. Denture tablets do more than just clean and deodorize false teeth. They don’t contain abrasive cleaners, and they aren’t expensive to buy either. You don’t need to buy name brand denture cleansing tablets like Polident or Efferdent to get amazing results. You can pick up a box of off-brand tablets at your local dollar store for cheap. Here are 7 household uses for denture cleansing tablets:

          1. Clean Up Hard-to-Reach Glass Items
          Have you got a small vase that has mineral deposits inside it? Instead of trying to scrub it clean with a brush, drop a denture cleansing tablet in it, fill it up with warm water, and let the deposits soak away.
          How about the cut glass dish you used to serve cheese sauce in? How are you ever going to remove the dried sauce from the outside? Place the glass dish in your kitchen sink and close the drain. Drop in one or two denture cleaners and fill the sink with warm water so it just covers the dish. Let it set undisturbed for ten to fifteen minutes. The hard, dried on cheese should come right out of the cracks and crevices in the dish!

          2. Remove Mineral Deposits From Your Teakettle
          If you have hard water in your house, then you know how fast mineral deposits can build up inside your teakettle. Dislodging it is almost impossible! Unless you discover another use for denture cleansing tablets, that is. Place two tablets in the teakettle and fill it up with warm water. Let it set undisturbed overnight. In the morning, rinse your teakettle out with plenty of tap water before you use it. It should be cleaned and deodorized as well.

          3. Clean Up Stained Coffee Cups
          Drop a denture cleansing tablet into a stained coffee cup and fill it up with very warm water. Let the cup soak for fifteen minutes, then dump it out and rinse it with tap water.

          4. Open-Up a Gooped-Up Drain
          Depending on how clogged your drain is, drop three or four denture cleansing tablets into it. Pour in a cup of white vinegar, then, let it set for ten to fifteen minutes. Follow the vinegar with plenty of hot tap water and it should open-up the drain.

          5. Clean Up a Crusty Casserole Dish
          Now that dinner’s over and you‘re looking at the crusty casserole dish, it’s going to take you an hour to scrub it clean, right? Not if you use another household use for denture cleansing tablets. Drop a tablet into the dish and fill it full of hot water. Go relax for an hour or so, then, come back and scrub the dish clean. Easy!

          6. Shine Up Your Beaded Jewelry
          You can also shine up your beaded jewelry by using denture cleansing tablets. Place a tablet in a container one strand of beads will fit into. Then, drop in a cleansing tablet and add enough warm water to cover the beads. When the tablet has quit fizzing, remove the jewelry, rinse them off with tap water and spread them out on a clean, soft cloth to dry.

          7. Clean Baby Bottles, Teething Toys and Pacifiers
          Another household use for denture cleansing tablets is to clean baby bottles- you don’t need to use a brush to remove dried formula; teething toys- clean and deodorize at the same time; and pacifiers- clean all of the nooks and crannies without scrubbing. If you have several items to clean, place them in your kitchen sink. Plug the drain and add enough very warm water to just cover the items. Drop a tablet into the water and allow the items to soak for twenty minutes. Then, wash and rinse well.

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          Anne E wrote Jul 4, 2010
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          Mysticalpatterns wrote Apr 8, 2011
        • I love tips like these.  Many of these I hadn’t heard of thanks!

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          Frannie1964 wrote Apr 8, 2011
        • Thanks for sharing these tips. I will need to remember themhappyheart

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