Why Mom Always Pops Alka Seltzer In The Coffee Maker Before Company Arrives
InfiniteDIY Staff 1/16/2017
When tummy troubles roll around, many people reach for an old favorite: Alka-Seltzer. The active ingredients, which are aspirin, citric acid and baking soda, help settle an upset stomach and can address other issues as well. But this product that's been around since 1931 is also incredibly helpful around the house in ways you might not have realized.
Toilet Cleaner - If the toilet has stains that even the scrub brush is scared of, plop in two tablets, let them sit for 20 minutes and then scrub off the stuck-on yuckies. You'll be surprised at how easy that toilet ring stain will disappear.
Gunk Remover - Deep vases with narrow stems are nearly impossible to clean, but not with the help of Alka-Seltzer. Pour water halfway up the vase and plop in a couple of tablets. It's wise to do this over a sink, in case it fizzes over. After 10 minutes of soaking, dump the mixture out and rinse the vase thoroughly. The same process can be repeated for hard-to-clean items like water bottles with narrow necks and thermoses.
Infection Fighter - While everyone relates Alka-Seltzer to the remedy for upset stomachs and heartburn, many people swear by its effectiveness in treating a urinary tract infection. Supporters say to drink a glass of water with two dissolved tablets in it as soon as you first notice the symptoms of the infection. Do not try this if you're allergic to aspirin or if you've already consumed aspirin.
Symptom Reliever - The antacid also supposedly helps fight nicotine withdrawal symptoms. If you aren't allergic to the aspirin in Alka-Seltzer, don't have ulcers and aren't following a low-sodium diet, drink a glass of water with Alka-Seltzer after each meal to help fight those nasty side effects of quitting smoking.
Odor Remover - Alka-Selter also is a great odor remover for the refrigerator. Pop one in a bowl of water and stick it in the fridge. Within 30 minutes or so, any lingering smells will be gone.
Drain Clearer - Clogged drains are a hassle, but Alka-Seltzer can be a big help. Drop three to four tabs in the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then flush with hot water. An added bonus is that it will help deodorize the drain, too, which can become stinky after being clogged.
Dish Cleaner - Glass baking dishes that aren't cleaned right after eating will have stuck-on goo that's difficult to remove. You can either work your arm muscles and scrub away or simply fill your sink with hot water, drop in a tablet and let your dishes soak for an hour. The citric acid helps loosen up the residue so the dishes are easier to clean. You also can remove the stains from your plastic storage containers by soaking them in the same mixture.
Coffeemaker Cleaner - Coffeemakers can be a challenge to clean thoroughly, so fill the water chamber and add three tablets, then run the machine through a brew cycle. All of the components should be cleaned with this approach. Be sure to rinse it with normal water on another cycle when you're done.
Jewelry Cleaner - Another neat cleaning trick of this antacid is sprucing up jewelry. Place a tablet in a warm bowl of water, let it fizz, then gently set your jewelry in the water to soak for 10 minutes. Note that some jewelry should not be cleaned with this method like pearls and opals.
Laundry Brightener - Alka-Seltzer not only spruces up jewelry, but also brightens laundry. If your whites are looking dingy or yellowish, soak them in a solution of one gallon of warm water and two tablets. Allow the laundry to soak for five minutes in the mixture, then wash as usual. It may take a couple of treatments to be rid of all the yellowing.
Denture Cleaner - Dentures also can become dingy, so soak your dentures in a glass of warm water and one Alka-Seltzer tablet. Wait 10 minutes then take them out--you'll be amazed at how much better they look.
Rocket, Lamp Maker - A couple of fun projects that you can do with the kids that use Alka-Seltzer include creating a rocket that really launches. You also can make a lava lamp by pouring water into a clear plastic bottle until it's one-fourth of the way full, add vegetable oil until the mixture is halfway up the bottle, then add a dozen drops of food coloring once the water and oil separate. Then drop in half an Alka-Seltzer tablet chopped into smaller pieces and watch the bubbles move around like the lava mixture in a lava lamp.
Fish Catcher - After you're done cleaning everything with this antacid, take a break and go fishing with a tackle box of Alka-Seltzer. That's right--it can be used to lure fish right in front of you. Throw out your line, then break half a tablet of Alka-Seltzer and toss it in as close to your fishing line as you can. When it fizzles and creates bubbles, the fish will be drawn to this action and you just might meet your catch limit. Alka-Selzer also draws in fish when you place it in a plastic tube jig. It will generate a bunch of bubbles while sinking, attracting the fish.
Cooler Cleaner - You also can clean out your cooler when you return or before you leave by soaking it with four tablets in an inch of water added to the bottom. Be sure to rinse and dry it, then it will be clean and not smelly.
Itch Reliever - If you happened to not just catch fish, but also bug bites while out, soak a cotton ball in a mixture of two Alka-Seltzer tablets dissolved in a glass of warm water. Then apply it to your bites. It should help with the itching in 30 minutes.
These fizzy tablets are great not just for specific projects, but as a general cleaner, too. If you're looking for a natural cleaning product that doesn't have hard-to-pronounce chemicals in it, use Alka-Seltzer. Add several tablets to a bucket of warm water and use it to clean once it's done fizzing. It's especially helpful when cleaning grunge off countertops and out of bathtubs. You also can put the mixture in a spray bottle. Happy cleaning!
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