Everyday cleaning products are fine for handling everyday messes. But trickier cleaning tasks often require a different, often creative approach. The subject of today’s post definitely qualifies as creative, at least when it comes to cleaning! Today we’ll be talking about the surprising cleaning powers of denture tablets!
Depending on your age or who you’re living with, you may or may not have denture tablets on hand at the moment. But they’re pretty inexpensive to buy, especially if you can snag them at your local dollar store! And I would argue that it’s well worth the trip to buy them because of how useful they can be when it comes to cleaning!
So without further ado, let’s get down it—here are 11 of the best ways to use denture tablets for cleaning!
11 Surprising Things You Can Clean With Denture Tablets
1. Stained Food Containers
Everyone has at least one plastic food container that has never been the same since you stored spaghetti in it that one time. But you can use denture tablets to help erase those tomato stains! Just fill the container with warm water and add 1-2 denture cleaning tablets. Wait for about an hour, then wash the container with soapy water.
2. Yellowed Fingernails
Certain types of nail polish may leave your fingernails looking stained or discolored. To restore them to their original color, use denture tablets! Put one cup of warm water in a bowl and drop in a denture tablet. Soak your nails in the mixture for 5 minutes, then wash your hands. Repeat daily until the discoloration is completely gone.
3. Narrow Vases & Bottles
Denture tablets are great for cleaning out containers with narrow openings. Just fill the vase or bottle with warm water and add 1-2 denture tablets, depending on the size of the item. Wait an hour or two then rinse well.
4. Enamel Cookware
Can’t remove the food residue or stains stuck to your enamel cookware? Fill the pot or pan with warm water and add 1-2 denture tablets. Wait until the fizzing stops, then wash the pot or pan in warm soapy water.
5. Stained Fabrics
Use denture tablets to pretreat stained clothes, tablecloths, or napkins. Just fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add 1-3 denture tablets. Once the tablets dissolve, add the fabric to the water. Let the items soak for 30 minutes to an hour, then rinse the item and wash as usual.
6. Mugs With Coffee Or Tea Stains
Fill a stained mug with warm water and add one denture tablet. Wait until the fizzing stops, then wash the mug with soapy water. This also works on kettles, carafes, and thermoses too!
7. Retainers & Mouth Guards
Retainers and mouth guards stay in your mouth a lot of the time, just like dentures. So it makes sense to use denture tablets to clean them! Just put a denture tablet into a glass of warm water, then add the retainer or mouth guard. Let it soak for 10 minutes or so, then remove it and rinse thoroughly.
8. Shower Heads
If your shower head isn’t flowing as well as it used to, it could probably use a good cleaning. And you don’t even have to remove it to do it!
Put a few cups of warm water into a plastic ziplock bag and add 1-2 denture tablets. Put the bag over the shower head until its submerged, then use a rubber band to tie the bag in place. Let it soak for a couple of hours, then remove the bag. Scrub the shower head with sponge or brush to scrub away the loosened gunk, and it should be good as new!
9. Coffee Makers
Descale your coffee maker with denture tablets. Fill the water tank with warm water and add two denture tablets. Wait for the fizzing to stop, then run the coffee maker through a full brew cycle. Rinse out the tank, then run one or two more brew cycles to remove any remaining residue inside the machine.
10. Toilet Bowls
Drop 2-3 denture tablets in your toilet bowl and let them sit for 30 minutes. You may want to let it sit longer for really tough stains. Then brush and flush for a clean toilet!
I’ve also heard from readers who use denture tablets to clean their dentures, then pour the used cleaning water into their toilet to give it a quick cleaning. Smart!
11. Baked-On Messes
Baked-on messes in your cookware can be really tricky to remove!You can use denture tablets to loosen up the gunk without all the elbow grease! Just fill the dish with warm water and add one denture tablet. Let the dish soak for an hour, then wash normally. Use a scrub brush or the scrubby side of a sponge to power through the loosened mess.
Have you ever used denture tablets to clean something other than dentures?