8 Clever Uses for Alka-Seltzer Around Your Home
Alka-Seltzer can be used for more than just calming an upset stomach and heartburn. So check out these 8 clever uses for Alka-Seltzer around your home.
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Clean Your Coffeemaker
Fill your percolator or the water chamber of your drip coffeemaker with water and plop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets. When the Alka-Seltzer has dissolved, put the coffeemaker through a brew cycle to clean the tubes. Rinse the chamber out two or three times, then run a brew cycle with plain water before making coffee. Plus, check out these 23 secret cleaning tips from the pros.
Clean a Vase
That stuck-on residue at the bottom of narrow-neck vases may seem impossible to scrub out, but you can easily bubble it away. Fill the vase halfway with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Wait until the fizzing stops, then rinse the vase clean. The same trick works for cleaning a glass-lined thermos. While toothbrushes and floss are essential for dental hygiene, these 31 brilliant uses for them have nothing to do with your teeth.
Clean Glass Cookware
Say so long to scouring those stubborn stains off your ovenproof glass cookware. Just fill the container with water, add up to six Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let it soak for an hour. The stains should easily scrub away.
Clean Your Toilet
The citric acid in Alka-Seltzer combined with its fizzing action is an effective toilet bowl cleaner. Simply drop a couple of tablets into the bowl and find something else to do for 20 minutes or so. When you return, a few swipes with a toilet brush will leave your bowl gleaming.
Unclog a Drain
Drain clogged again? Get almost instant relief: Drop a couple of Alka-Seltzer tablets down the opening, then pour in a cup of vinegar. Wait a few minutes and then run the hot water at full force to clear the clog. This is also a good way to eliminate kitchen drain odors.
Soothe Insect Bites
Mosquito or other insect bite driving you nuts? To ease the itch, drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets in half a glass of water. Dip a cotton ball in the glass and apply it to the bite. Caution: Don’t do this if you are allergic to aspirin, which is a key ingredient in Alka-Seltzer.
All avid anglers know fish are attracted to bubbles. If you are using a hollow plastic tube jig on your line, just break off a piece of Alka-Seltzer and slip it into the tube. The jig will produce an enticing stream of bubbles as it sinks. These 16 fun camping ideas take your outdoor adventures to the next level.