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Unusual Uses For Alka-Seltzer

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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.

Have you tried any of these methods? What other household items have you found unusual uses for?

  • MARY

    Richard----you crack me up. you remind me of Archie Bunker.LOLLOLOLOLOL:]

  • ebneila

    You are right, nothing works, ever, -- not even you

  • Bill

    Plop, Plop, Fitz-Fitz.... Oh what a relief it is. Much needed tips from the Alka-Seltzer man. Before long he'll have a show on HGTV channel. LOL

  • rick

    alka seltzer is good for killing bugs in your yard too.....cover your entire yard with alka seltzer tablets just before a rain storm and after the storm every bug in your yard will be gone only took about 58,000 tablets to do 1/4 of my yard but wow it really works

  • Dayna

    I wonder if it that would keep mice and other critters out of the yard as well....??

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  • cherry259

    Shawn!..shame on you! That will kill the bird, (but I think you already knew that..hence ..."...and then will never bother you or anyone else again".

  • Sandy

    Can anybody please give me the ration of the vinegar and baking soda, I would love to try it?

  • Kim

    It is about half and half. Couple of tablespoons of baking soda to some vingear. Not really a true "recipe" for it. Then let sit for about an hour. Then run HOT water through drain for a couple of minutes.


    They are fun for enemas and doucing too!!!

  • Debi

    We are having a problem with Geese at our campgrounds. Does anyone have any suggestions other than to kill them. Just want them to go away.

  • Tammy

    I have used denture tablets for years to clean the toilet. They work really well also and if you get splashed with the water at all you don't have to worry about any harm to your skin.

  • Bob

    Tammy, you can also put your dentures in there. Just don't forget and flush!

  • Fabricio

    Ahhhh... now i understand why non-vegetarians use those little pills to unclog their stomach.

  • Don

    Alternate use for Alka-Seltzer Gold - Works well for many folks with gluten intolerance who feel ill after ingesting something that had a wheat-gluten component they were not aware of.

  • Sandra

    OK, so I'm waiting for the clog to drain from my kitchen sink. Just broke up 3 tablets, put them in the drain, added that vinegar and turned on the hot water. Uh, the sink is backed up? Do I let the hot water run until it creates a waterfall in my kitchen? Just asking...

  • jazzy

    Sandra you need to wait 29 mins before running the hot water that was your mistake

  • Tim

    They use statues of wolves around here to keep th geese off the grounds. I've also seen silhouettes of wolves used and apparently they work too!

  • buck

    put a piece of metal tubing about 6 inches around and 4 ft long over the pipe or wood holding the feeder up. the squrrels cant get a hold on the tubing.

  • Kim

    I honestly can't believe some of the ocmments I am reading here. It's disgusting and barely short of killer profiles or child molestation


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