Coming Out Of The Medicine Cabinet…17 Alternative Uses for Alka-Seltzer!

uses for alka seltzer Tis the season for over-indulgence.

If you happen to indulge in a little too much food or drink this holiday season…a couple of Alka-Seltzer can be your best friend.

But did you know that these fizzy little tablets can do a lot more than ease a hangover or an upset stomach?

Alka-Seltzer is made up of aspirin, citric acid, and baking soda which make it not only useful for medicinal purposes but a great cleaning product as well!

Here are some OTHER uses for the “plop, plop, fizz, fizz” you might not know about (I sure didn’t!):

uses for alka seltzer
Safely Unclog A Drain
A great natural solution for unclogging the drain!  Just drop four Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar and allow to stand for about ten minutes. Flush with a pot of boiling water. Doing this on a regular basis can help keep that drain clear. This also works to deodorize the drain.


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Clean a Toilet In A Hurry
Drop two tablets in the toilet, wait 20 minutes for the citric acid to loosen the grime, scrub and flush. The bowl will be clean, shiny, and deodorized. Handy for a quick clean in case of uninvited, unannounced, surprise guests.


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An All-Purpose Cleaner  
Alka Seltzer can also be a good all around cleaner.  Plop three tablets into 8 ounces of warm water. Once the fizzing stops, dip a sponge in the water (or you could fill a spray bottle) and wipe down counters, tiles and tubs. You can even place some in your sink and use as mop water. Just add five tablets to one half gallon of water.


uses for alka seltzer
Soothe Insect Bites
Drop two tablets in warm water, then soak a cotton ball in the solution. Place on the bite for 30 minutes for relief from the insect bites.


uses for alka seltzer
Catch a Fish
Fish love bubbles. Break a tablet in half and throw it out near your fishing line, or put a tablet inside your tube jig and cast off. The fish won’t be able to resist the stream of bubbles.


uses for alka seltzer
Remove Burnt On Food From Bakeware
Drop 5 tablets into a sink full of hot water and let your cookware soak for an hour or so. The burnt food will come off with ease.


uses for alka seltzer
Whiten and Brighten Your Laundry
To get rid of dingy yellow color on white cotton, soak your whites in a solution of a gallon of warm water and two Alka Seltzer tablets. Then hang your whites in the sun to dry to get rid of any lingering stains.


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Deodorize the Fridge
For a clean, fresh smelling refrigerator, drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet in a cup of water and leave it in the refrigerator for a half hour. If there is still a smell in the refrigerator, then wash down the inside of the refrigerator with another Alka-Seltzer tablet in water.


uses for alka seltzer
Clean a Glass Jar, Flower Vase or Thermos
For those difficult to clean vessels with narrow-necks, and hard to reach places, 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.


uses for alka seltzer
Restore Stained Plastic Containers
Got spaghetti sauce stains on your plastic containers? Simply fill your container with warm to hot water and depending on the size drop 1-2 tablets into the water. Let sit for 30 minutes and the stains will disappear before your eyes.


uses for alka seltzer
Polish Your 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.)


uses for alka seltzer
Build Rockets For Kids
Entertain little ones by heading outside with an empty film canister, filled halfway with warm water. Drop in half a tablet, snap on the lid and place the canister upside down on the sidewalk or driveway. Take a step back and watch your rocket blast off!


uses for alka seltzer
Clean Your Coffeemaker
Fill the water chamber of the coffeemaker and then drop in three tablets. When the Alka-Seltzer has dissolved, put the coffeemaker through a brew cycle. This will clean out all the internal components. Run through another plain water cycle before using the machine again for coffee.


uses for alka seltzer
Help For Nicotine Addiction
If you’re trying to quit smoking Alka-Seltzer can help. Take two tablets three times a day to relieve nicotine withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings.


uses for alka seltzer
Cure Urinary Tract Infections
Showing signs of a urinary infection? 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.


uses for alka seltzer
Clean and Deodorize A Cooler

After an outing or trip, add about 1 inch of water to the bottom of your cooler, drop 4 tablets in, and let sit for an hour. After an hour, rinse and dry. All smells will be gone and it will be clean and ready for its next use.


uses for alka seltzer
Clean Dentures
Drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a glass of warm water, and then drop your dentures into the glass for about ten minutes. The citric acid and carbonation will remove the toughest stains from your dentures and other prosthetic dental work. This is an excellent substitute for more expensive denture cleanser products.


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  1. Terri says

    I’ve been using denture tablets for about a year or so now to do a lot of these cleaning tasks. It’s good to know that Alka Seltzer will do the same thing, so now when I need a new box of “bubbly” I can check to see which one is the cheapest that week. You got me on the “Cure Urinary Tract Infections” one. Does it really CURE it or mask the symptoms until you can get to a Dr? How often should you take it?

    Thanks to Jillee I feel like I’ve learned something new everyday!

  2. Katherine says

    It can only mask the UTI symptoms because a UTI is caused by bacteria. Alka Seltzer doesn’t contain antibiotics. It says it contains aspirin, so it is only going to help with the pain.

  3. Deb says

    For stinky feet, pour warm water in container and add 2 tablets and soak feet for 3-5 minutes. Alka Seltzer cold plus works best!

  4. says

    Great hints. Especially the one for the coffee maker. You would be able to treat a hangover and have your cup of coffee at the same time. May not taste that good though.

  5. Vicky T says

    I have done several of these using denture cleanser tabs. I have no doubt these work but I certainly would try using “store-brand” or generic brands since Alka-Seltzer is quite expensive, especially when used in large amounts. Still do love the uses though. Great!!

  6. Casey says

    I used them when I was a teenager and had a retainer. I always felt weird buying them at that age, but they sure worked!

  7. says

    I make my own fizzy tablets when I’m making bath bombes! Just mix 2:1 Baking soda and citric acid, spritz with enough water to make it hold together, and pack into small ice cube tray / candy mold. No asprin, and cheaper if you already have the citric acid!


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