Alka Seltzer is an effervescent antacid that was originally designed for the relief of sour stomach, heartburn, and acid indigestion. It has been found however, that its effervescent qualities work well for other things as well.
Other Uses For Alka Seltzer
Alka Seltzer contains baking soda which helps kill odor producing bacteria in your mouth. To combat bad breath, simply drop 2 Alka Seltzer tablets in a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
Coffee Maker Cleaner
Clean coffee makers make great coffee! Be sure to put in a clean coffee filter, fill the water reservoir or chamber as usual but add 2 Alka Seltzer tablets. Run it through a full cycle. Wait until it cools, then run another full cycle with plain water only. Your coffee maker will be ready to go!
Alka Seltzer can also help remove stuck-on food from your glass cookware. Simply fill your kitchen sink or a basin with hot water, drop in 5 Alka Seltzer tablets in and leave cookware to sit for at least an house. Then simply wash items as usual. Even burnt food will slide off easily.
Alka Seltzer works great at getting clogs out of drains when mixed with White Vinegar. Drop 3 tablets down the drain followed immediately with a ½ cup of white vinegar. Wait about 5 minutes then follow up by running very hot water. This remedy has the added benefit of deodorizing your drain as well.
Alka Seltzer works well for aches and pains associated with the flu due to its high aspirin content. If you are not allergic to aspirin, try dropping 6 Alka Seltzer tablets into a warm tub of water and soak for 20 minutes to ease those aches and pains.
Alka Seltzer also makes a great jewelry cleaner. As long as your jewelry does not contain opals or pearls you can drop them them in a bowl of warm water that contains 2 Alka Seltzer tablets. Let jewelry sit for 20 minutes, then gently pat dry. Jewelry will sparkle again!
Thermos Bottle Cleaner
Everyone knows how tough it can be to clean the hard to reach areas of Thermos Bottles. Alka Seltzer works great for this purpose. Fill the thermos with warm water, drop in two Alka Setlzer tablets and let it sit for about an hour then rinse clean. (You might need to leave it sit for a little longer for tougher stains.)
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Alka Seltzer makes a great toilet bowl cleaner. Simply drop 2 tablets in your bowl and wait 15 minutes as it does its thing. Then give a couple of brushes followed by a couple of flushes and you are done.
Like Thermos Bottles, some vases can be hard to clean. Simply fill the vase with warm water, drop in two tablets and let sit for an hour. Then rinse.
Urinary Tract Infections
Strangely enough due to its high aspirin content, Alka Seltzer can help treat urinary tract infections. At the first onset of symptoms, add two tablets to a glass of warm water and drink down. (Do not use however if you are allergic to aspirin.)