Alka-Seltzer Cleaning Hacks

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30 Minutes

I was recently challenged to clean with Alka-Seltzer. What I loved about this challenge is it taught me some tricks I didn't know as well as helped me speed clean some things, and save time and energy.

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Alka Seltzer is made of baking soda, citric acid, and aspirin. These are great cleaners and deodorizers.

Deodorize Your Fridge -

Fill a glass with 1 cup warm water and place 1 tablet into the glass. Set in your refrigerator, close the door, and leave it for 30 minutes.

Clean Glass -

Fill your coffee pot with water and place a couple tablets into the pot. Let sit for 10 minutes.

This also works to clean out vases that are cloudy, have rings in them, or have small openings that a brush can't get into.

Pour out the water, wash, and look how clean they are!

Clean Coffee & Tea Stains -

Pour 1 cup warm water in your mug and add 1 tablet. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Wash and your stains will be gone.

Clean Stainless -

Fill your stainless steel coffee pot with water, add 2-3 tables and let sit for 15 minutes or more depending on how dirty it is.

Scrub lightly with a scrub brush and wash out. Your pot will be clean.

You can also do this method to loosen burned on food to loosen it for cleaning.

Deodorize and Clean Water Bottles & Thermos' -

Fill with warm water and add 1-2 tablets depending on the size of the item and how dirty it is. Let soak for 10 minutes, and wash afterward.

Clean and Deodorize Coolers -

Fill the bottom of the cooler with warm water and add 5 tablets. Let stand for 15-30 minutes. Use a scrub brush to lightly scrub the bottom.

Wash the cooler out. It'll clean it and deodorize it.

Multipurpose Cleaner -

Place 1 cup warm water and 1 tablet in a squirt bottle. Use it to clean up surfaces like counters, sinks, and more.

Clean Your Toilet Bowl -

Place 4 tablets into your toilet bowl, wait 30 minutes, scrub with a scrub brush and flush.

Clean Your Sink and Drain -

Fill your sink with water, place 2 tablets in the sink and wait 10 minutes. Let the sink drain, use a paper towel to wipe up the sink, then rinse it. Doing this routinely will also keep your drains clean.

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  • Michele Michele on Jul 19, 2019

    Would denture tablets work in the same way and as effectively?

  • Txalways Txalways on Jul 17, 2020

    What about the disinfectant quality of the alka seltzer; especially right now with the coronavirus?

    I have used the denture cleaners before on the toilet but I’m not really sure if they could be considered a disinfectant either.

    Thanks so much!

  • Susan Susan on Mar 24, 2023

    Do you think denture cleaning tabs would work? They have the same bubble up reaction to water as alka-seltzer, you can leave everything with a mint scent if that is a scent you enjoy. I personally like the smell of mint. This is a totally serious question because I already have denture tabs on the house and alka-seltzer I do not. Trying to save a couple of $$$$.

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