Thursday

SOS Mom Saver: Alternative Uses for Alka-Seltzer

Alka-Seltzer is a money maker this week at Walgreens.  Many people, myself included, don't use Alka-Seltzer as a med.  I didn't realize until years ago that Alka-Seltzer actually has many alternative uses:
  • Clean your toilet:  Drop 2 tablets in your toilet.  When it's done fizzing (or after about half an hour), flush the toilet.  It will be sparkling clean!  (We do still run through ours with a scrubber, but some say this isn't even necessary.)
  • Clean your jewelry:  Drop 2 tablets in a cup of water and drop in your jewelry.  Let it soak for 10-30 minutes.  Again...most say no further scrubbing is required.  Just rinse with water.
  • Get stuck-on junk off of your porcelain & glass baking dishes:  Drop 2 tablets in a sink of water and fill with the dirty dishes.  When the fizzing is done (wait about half an hour), the dishes should wipe clean with little effort.
  • Unclog the drain:  Put 2 tablets down a slow or clogged drain.  Follow with 1/2 cup of vinegar.  Allow to sit for an hour then rinse with boiling water (ideal) or flush with hot water for a couple of minutes.
  • Clean dentures:  (Don't snicker, you might be there one day.  Until then, you can give the advice to your grandparents.)  Drop 2 tablets into a cup of water.  Add your dentures & let them soak for at least half an hour.  It will remove all stains with little (if any) scrubbing required.  Just rinse!
  • Clean the bottom of a vase or other hard-to-clean item:  Drop 2 tablets into the bottom, fill with water.  As it dissolves, it will clean the vase (or other item) with very little if any scrubbing.  Just rinse with hot water after about half an hour.
  • Deodorize the fridge:  Drop 2 tablets into a cup of water & let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour.  You may have to repeat it once if strong smells were present.
  • Clean and/or deodorize a cooler:  I'm sure none of you are like us.  We have yet to empty the cooler from our impromptu trip to Oklahoma a couple of weeks ago.  When we finally get around it to, I will dump the cooler, clean it as best I can & then add back in an inch of water.  I'll drop in 4 tablets then let it sit for an hour.  After that hour, I'll rinse it.  All smells will be gone & it will be clean & ready for its next use.
Now what are you waiting for?  Go out and get your free cleaner...I mean Alka Seltzer tablets from Walgreens!
 

10 comments:

Jimmy Mac McNamara said...

When we have unexpected company show up, I drop an Alka-Seltzer into jug of white grape juice and tell everybody it's champagne! :-)

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Ha!

Jimmy Mac McNamara said...

By thw way Amy - this also works on boxed wine too!

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Thanks, Jimmy. If we drank, that would be helpful information to have. :-) Perhaps it can help someone else here.

Just a word of caution, though. Alka-Seltzer does have aspirin in it. As a result, you would want to ensure that no one had an allergy to aspirin before partaking.

Jimmy Mac McNamara said...

We don't drink either Amy . . . and as far as the aspirin is concerned - ya'll need to pay attention to the warning (allergies, stomach, etc.) However, I've used it in my toilet for two years and not ONE TIME has it ever had a "head ache."

Glenda Smith said...

ha ha ha Jimmy, and to think with all that we put into it,

John Gregor said...

I am planning to try that on the toilet. If it works so well in the toillet what does it do to a human......

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Exactly, John!

Charli Ayn Winkle said...

Think I'll try the toilet thing.

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

Let me know how it goes!

 
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