15 Amazing Uses for Alka-Seltzer You Never Dreamed Of!

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If you thought that Alka-Seltzer was only good for indigestion, bloating, and headaches, you might be shocked by what you read here. Alka-Seltzer has been around since 1931 and people have found dozens of uses for it besides its original purpose. Did you know that Alka-Seltzer used to be advertised as a great way to cure the blues? Well, although we won’t recommend it for that, this natural mixture of aspirin, sodium bicarbonate, and anhydrous citric acid does have some pretty amazing abilities that most people are completely unaware of.

Keep reading for the top 15 unbelievable uses for those little plop, plop, fizz, fizz tablets that you never imagined were so versatile.


1. Get Your Whites Really White

Don’t you hate it when you have some beautifully pure looking white clothes and after a few washings they get those yellow stains around the neck, around the sleeves, and under the arms? It seems as if they can become discolored after just one or two washings but no matter how many times you wash them after that those yellow stains just won’t go away!

Alka-Seltzer to the rescue. Put two tablets in a gallon of warm water, wait a few seconds so the tablets are actively fizzing, then put the clothes in the water and swish them around a bit so that all parts of the clothes are wet. Let the clothes soak for 30 minutes and look to see if those annoying stains are gone. If not, repeat the process, and then wash as usual. Your white clothes will be white once more!


2. Clean Your Ice Chest

Are you getting things ready to go camping or fishing or are you planning a picnic but when you opened the ice chest…yuck! Clean it quickly and easily by adding an inch or two of water to the cooler then add 4 Alka-Seltzer tablets. Wait one hour, rinse, and your ice chest should be odor free, mildew free, and clean as a whistle.


3.  Clean Your Toilet

Cleaning the toilet is probably the most unpleasant task in the house but you can make it a whole lot easier by letting Alka-Seltzer do most of the work for you. Flush the toilet, then put two tablets in the bowl after it refills. Walk away. Come back in 20 or 30 minutes and the citric acid in the tablets will loosen that grime and remove water stains. Give it a quick scrub, flush again, and you are done!


4. Clean Your Thermos

If you have a thermos that you regularly bring to work then you know how hard it is to clean leftover soup, milk, or even coffee from the bottom. Alka-Seltzer to the rescue! Put some warm water in the thermos, toss in two tablets, set it in the sink and forget about it. After 15 minutes, pour out the water, rinse it well, and your thermos will be clean and shiny like new!


5. Make an All Purpose Cleaner

If you are looking for a simple, yet natural cleaner for your home, Alka-Seltzer is the solution you are looking for. Depending on the size of your cleaning job, add two tablets to one gallon of warm water. When it has finished fizzing, feel free to clean away. This is the perfect cleaning solution for tubs, sinks, and countertops. You can use a sponge or put it in a spray bottle to use it where ever you want. This is an all-natural solution that is super inexpensive as well! Read also about lemon and baking soda as a super cleaning agent.


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