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Stomach not in good terms with you? Alka Seltzer tablets are your best friend. You probably already know that. But do you know that these little tablets can do a lot more than just helping you deal with stomach problems?
What did we find? Alka Seltzer is a great cleaning agent not only for your stomach but also for cleaning things around your home. How?
Well, Aspirin, baking soda, and citric acid are the major ingredients of Alka-Seltzer. All of them have a wide variety of cleaning uses thereby making Alka-Seltzer useful for other purposes beyond heartburn or indigestion.
Following are a few of the Alka-Seltzer cleaning Hacks:
Alka Seltzer Cleaning Hacks
1. As a floor cleaner
Alka seltzer is an amazing floor cleaner. Just add 4-5 tablets of Alka-Seltzer in a mop bucket filled with water. Then, mop with that around the house. These tablets work great in cleaning the floor and can be an effective substitute for the shop bought chemical laded cleaning agents.
2. Replace your market bought all-purpose cleaner
Why get an all-purpose cleaner from the market when you can make one at your home?
If Alka-Seltzer can be used for cleaning the floor, then it can be used for cleaning other surfaces as well. After all, it contains all brilliant cleaning agents aspirin, citric acid, and baking soda.
Put two tablets in six ounces of warm water and allow it to dissolve. After it has dissolved completely, fill it in a spray bottle. You got your all-purpose cleaner, you can use it to clean glass, tub, plastic, marble, and other surfaces.
3. Shine your white clothes
It is so easy for white colored garments to turn yellow. The worst part is these stains are difficult to remove even with the most intense brushing.
Get rid of yellow smudges from your white pieces of cotton by soaking your whites in a solution of four quarts of water and two Alka-Seltzer tablets. Allow the cloth to soak overnight. Then hang your cloth under the sun if there is any leftover yellowishness. Easy!
4. Unclog the drain
Unclog the clogged drain with these tablets. Drop two-three tablets of Alka-Seltzer down the drain. Then pour around a cup of vinegar and let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. The mixture will react and foam up. The citric acid will loosen the grime which has clogged up the drain. Vinegar is an amazing cleaning agent, check out these genius cleaning tips using vinegar.
Meanwhile, boil around one gallon of hot water, and empty it down the drain after the 15 minutes are over. The water will take away any leftover residue with it. You may need to repeat the treatment if the clog is very stubborn.
An added advantage of this treatment is that it will also eliminate any foul smell.
5. Cleaning the toilet
Cleaning the toilet is one of the most hated jobs. This is something we really wish to be away from. Also, it is a difficult task due to the vigorous scrubbing to clean the grime and gunk. How will you feel if I say that you don’t need to work so hard to clean your toilet?
Just drop 2 tablets of Alka-Seltzer in the bowl and leave it for 20-25 minutes. The chemicals in the tablet especially citric acid will work on the grime and loosen it. It will do most of your work which otherwise you have done by vigorous scrubbing. Now you just have to do a quick scrub after the tablets have acted on the commode. Flush!
It will also eradicate any foul smell and make the commode odorless along with cleaning it.
6. Easy clean a deep vase
Do you have a narrow stem deep vase which you find very difficult to clean? Yes, it is difficult to clean because there is no space to get inside and clean it. You may reach down using some narrow brush, but that will not give it a proper clean.
So an easy way to give it a good clean is to fill it to an extent by water (don’t fill it entirely) and drop two-three tablets of Alka-Seltzer. The water will fizz up as you add the tablet(so don’t fill it completely will water). Wait for 10-15 minutes and then empty the solution.
Once done, fill it with water and shake the vase. The gunk and dirt inside the vase will get loosened and then flow out with the flow of water when you empty it. Or place the vase under a faucet and turn on the faucet so that the water enters the vase with high pressure and the loosened grime gets off easily.
7. Clean your jewelry
Jewelry gets dirty real quick. So you end up spending a good sum of money on jewelry cleaner.
Do you know that you don’t really need a jewelry cleaner if you have Alka-Seltzer tablets with you? Drop some tablets in a glass or bowl of hot water. Then, put the jewelry which you want to clean in that glass or bowl. Keep it in for 2-5 minutes. You will see the oxidation and grime coating dissolving.
Warning: This cleaning process is not suitable for every kind of jewelry especially pearls and opals. Alka seltzer should never be used to clean them.
8. Clean bathroom tiles
Along with cleaning the toilet, it can be used for cleaning bathroom tiles too. Dissolve 4-5 tablets in 10 ounces of warm water. After the tablets have dissolved completely, transfer the solution into a spray bottle. Tada! You have your homemade tile cleaner ready.
Spray it on the tiles and scrub with the help of a sponge. Allow the solution to sit on the tile for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. Make bathroom cleaning easy with these genius bathroom cleaning hacks.
9. Cleaning tea and coffee stains in mugs and cups
The tea and coffee stains that accumulate on mugs and cups with time are not removed by your regular wash. That’s true but Alka seltzer tablets can work it’s magic here as well.
To make your cup look as good as new, fill it with hot water and drop an Alka-Seltzer tablet it in. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and scrub a bit before emptying the solution.
10. Cleaning the coffee maker
Alka-Seltzer is a boon for coffee lovers as it can be used for easy cleaning of coffee maker. Make a solution of three or four Alka-Seltzer tablets and ten ounces of water. Fill it in the coffee maker and run it through a brew cycle. It will easily clean all those hard to reach components.
After it is done, run another one or two cycles with normal water unless you don’t mind to taste the residues of Alka-Seltzer in your next cup of coffee. Haha.
11. Get relief from insect bites
Got a bite from mosquito, bee or other such hated insects? They are unavoidable but Alka-Seltzer works well in getting relief from those itchy sores caused by insects.
Take two ounces of warm water and dissolve 2-3 Alka Seltzer tablets in it. After the tablets have dissolved completely, use a cotton ball to dab a little mixture on the bite. Leave the bite in that condition for around thirty minutes. You will feel better.
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