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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?

  • jerrilynn

    I also think the comments about feeding Alka Seltzer to animals is cruel. These are not funny at all. Anyone who has had pets and children, who were loved dearly and lost them, is hurt by your horrible remarks, what you call "jokes". I hope you never have to experience the loss of someone or something you love. Jeffrey Dahmer began this way.

  • jerrilynn

    KIM -- I agree with you. God bless you.

  • missiblu

    i use alka seltzer to wash my dishes. i just fill my sink with 4 alka seltzer, hot water and the dirty dishes. i let them soak for 1 hour or so. then rinse. i have clean dishes and didnt have to touch them.

  • Denis

    It only took 74,00 to eliminate the bugs in my yard. Now if I can figure out why the trees are dying.

  • Ray Bussard

    Baking Soda and Salt was use for brushing your teeth back in the thirty's

  • Janet

    I find these tips very interesting especially the one for the vase cleaning.......always had trouble getting them thoroughly clean.............thanks for the tips. :)

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  • ron

    I clean a corningwear teapot with one Efferdent tablet and one Alka Selzer each time I clean it. Sometimes when the coffee and tea stains are heavy I just double the amount of eaach and presto--white as ever.

  • A. G.

    My ex use to use it as a douche

  • Kim

    Thank you Jerrilyn No KIDDING these comments had me so upset. I have lost my only child and had many painful events thru the love of my pets. Without going into details, you can guess some of it was because of HORRIBLE PEOPLE like the idiots that sit behind a screen and type vicious things. Most are cowards and big fat pigs with nothing better to do and or short of what I said earlier. Pretty scary if ya ask me

  • Wanderer

    Says the hero who is... sitting behind a computer screen and making comments you most likely would never anywhere else other than behind the cloak of general anonymity provided by the internet? I've had pets all my life, and served three tours as a combat medic, but I don't see how that gives me cause to run around acting like there's a stick up my.. rectum. I bet you whine about politically incorrect speech, too. It's people like you who would ultimately lead to limitations of freedom of expression, and that would be much more tragic a loss than any pet either of us has ever lost.

  • Kim

    Wanderer you big idiot....TRY READING I lost my child also thru, sick idiots. Get off the soap box you are on
    I highly respect our men and women in service so bite me

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