Alka-Seltzer tablets can be a lifesaver when you aren’t feeling well. They work great for soothing upset stomachs. They also come in handy when you’re recovering from a hangover.
But Alka-Seltzer can be used for a lot more than curing whatever is ailing your tummy. They are awesome at cleaning and deodorizing things in your home. So, you might want to stock up on the stuff.
Alka-Seltzer also has a few other medicinal purposes you probably didn’t know about. The things you can do with these little bubbling tablets will blow your mind. Check out these 23 Odd Ways To Use Alka-Seltzer Tablets:
1) Unclog a Drain
Put four Alka-Seltzer tabs down your clogged drains. Then pour a cup of white vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Follow with a pot of boiling water to send that clog down the drain.
2) Clean Your Toilet
Put two denture tablets into your toilet bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes so that the citric acid scrapes away any signs of residue. Use a toilet brush to scrub away the gunk.
3) Remove Coffee and Tea Stains From Mugs
Make your mugs look new again with Alka-Seltzer tablets. Fill them with warm water and toss a tablet into it. Let it sit overnight to get rid of the stains.
4) Clean Jewelry
You can clean up most kinds of jewelry with Alka-Seltzer. Fill a bowl with warm water and put two tablets in. Let your jewelry soak for 20 minutes before you rinse it well. You’ll want to avoid this method for cleaning opals and pearls.
5) Cure A Urinary Tract Infection
Do you feel a UTI coming on? Guzzle down two tablets with some water. If should bring you immediate relief.
6) Soothe An Insect Bite
Are you itching from insect bites? Fill a bowl with warm water and drop to Alka-Seltzer tablets in. Soak a cotton ball in the solutions and pace it over your bite for a half hour.
7) Get Rid of Fridge Smells
Is your fridge smelling stinky? Toss a tablet into a cup of water. Leave it in your refrigerator of a half hour. This should remove the smell. If it’s still stinky you should wash the inside of the refrigerator down with another tablet of Alka-Seltzer and water.
8) All-Purpose Cleaner
Alka-Seltzer can be used to make a great all-purpose cleaner for your home. Fill a spray bottle with 8 oz. of warm water and three tablets. Use it once the solution stops fizzing.
9) Floor Cleaner
Grab a bucket and fill with half a gallon of warm water. Place five tablets inside. Use this solution to mop your floors with.
10) Remove Burnt-On Food
Tired of scrubbing away at your pots and pans? Fill your sink with hot water and toss five tablets in. Let everything soak for about an hour. That gunk should come right off
11) Clean Narrow Containers
Narrow containers, like water bottles, can be hard to clean but Alka-Seltzer can get the job done. Place two tablets inside and pour some hot water in. Swish the contents around until the tablets disappear. Let the container sit for an hour before your rinse it clean.
12) Restore Stained Tupperware
Our plastic containers can become stained over time, especially when we put tomato-based foods in them. Get rid of these stains by filling your container with hot water and dropping 1 to 2 tablets in it. The stains will disappear after a half hour.
13) Clean Your Coffee Maker
Give your coffee maker a good cleaning by placing three tablets in the water chamber of your machine. Fill it with water and wait until your tablets have dissolved. Place your machine on a brew cycle. Run it twice with clean water to complete the process.
14) Brighten Your Laundry
Keep your white laundry from getting dingy with Alka-Seltzer. Fill a bucket with a gallon of warm water and two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Soak your clothes in the solution and hang to dry in the sun.
15) Clean and Deodorize a Cooler
Your cooler can get pretty nasty after all those camping and beach trips. Clean it out by filling it so there is one inch of water in it. Toss four tablets in it and let it sit for an hour. Rinse clean and let dry.
16) Dentures and Retainers
Out of denture tablets? Use Alka-Seltzer instead. Pop a tablet into a glass and then put in your dentures or your retainer. Let it sit for 10 minutes to remove stains and other yucky stuff.
17) Lure Fish
Out fishing? Put an Alka-Seltzer tablet in a tube jig and cast your pole. The fish will be attracted to the bubbles.
18) Remove Sweat Stains
Fill your wash basin with a gallon of warm water and toss two Alka-Seltzer tablets in. Toss your laundry in as soon as the fizzing starts. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub out the sweat stains. Rinse with water and let your garment hang in the sun to dry.
19) Quit Smoking
Alka-Seltzer can actually help you with quitting smoking. Take an Alka-Seltzer after every meal in a glass of water. This can help with cravings.
20) Cure a Hangover
Alka-Seltzer can also work to cure hangovers. Eat a hearty protein-filled breakfast and drink some Alka-Seltzer water. This should help get rid of that nasty headache and have you feeling better soon.
21) Muscle Cramps and Soreness
Are you feeling crampy and sore? Alka-Seltzer can actually help with that. Some say it’s faster acting and better than aspirin.
22) Make a Toy Rocket
Get an empty toilet paper roll and tape it to the middle of a paper plate. Fill a film canister with a tablespoon of water and an Alka-Seltzer tablet and quickly put the lid back on. Drop it lid-side-down into the toilet paper roll and watch it take off. Get more info here.
23) Build a Lava Lamp
Fill a clear plastic bottle with water, vegetable oil, and food coloring. Drop some Alka-Seltzer pieces in to create a lava lamp effect. You can put a flashlight behind to make it look like a real lamp. Learn more about this project in the video.