16 Little-Known Uses for
Alka-Seltzer®

  • Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
  • Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
  • Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
  • Clean a Thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
  • Relive flu symptoms or achy muscles with a soothing bath. Fill the bathtub with warm water and drop in six Alka-Seltzer tablets for a soothing bath to help soothe achy muscles.
  • Prolong the life of cut flowers in a vase. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into the vase for every quart of water.
  • Clean baked-on food from pots, pans, or casserole dishes. Fill the cookware with water, drop in six Alka-Seltzer tablets, let soak for one hour, and then scrub as usual.
  • Cure a urinary tract infection. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and drinking it at the onset of any symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infection almost instantly.
  • Relieve a hangover. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water and drink the resulting fizzy liquid before going to bed helps lessen the effects of a hangover in the morning. Alcohol dehydrates your body cells, but the water rehydrates the body and the aspirin in Alka-Seltzer prevents the onslaught of a headache.
  • Clean the pipes and tubes in a coffeemaker. Fill the water chamber with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and run the coffeemaker through a regular cycle. The ascorbic acid in Alka-Seltzer cleanses the system. Then flush the system clean by running clean water through the cycle twice.
  • Cure bad breath. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of warm water and use as a mouthwash. The baking soda in the Alka-Seltzer lowers the pH level in your mouth, killing odor-producing bacteria.
  • Soothe tired feet. Plop four Alka Seltzer tablets in a pan of warm water, plop your feet into the alkaline solution, and let them fizz fizz for fifteen minutes.
  • Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
  • Get short-term relief from nicotine withdrawl symptoms. As long as you're not on a low-sodium diet or have peptic ulcers, drink two Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolved in a glass of water at every meal.
  • Deodorize smelly feet. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a quart of warm water and soak your feet in the solution for fifteen minutes twice a week. The baking soda in the Alka-Seltzer increases the acid level on your feet, inhibiting odor-producing bacteria.
  • Soothe insect bites. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets in a glass of water, dip a cloth into the solution, and place the cloth on the bite for twenty minutes.

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