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How to Clean with Alka-Seltzer

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Published on Oct 17, 2008

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Who knew? The same fizzing action that gets rid of indigestion can also get rid of many kinds of stains. Best of all, cleaning with Alka-Seltzer takes no elbow grease.

Step 1: Sanitizing the Toilet
Drop four tablets into the toilet bowl and leave them for 20 minutes. Brush, flush, and you’re done.

Step 2: Making Your Sink Sparkle
Fill your bathroom or kitchen sink halfway with water, drop in two tablets. Let stand for 20 minutes, drain, and rinse.

Tip
You can even soothe an insect bite with Alka-Seltzer. Dissolve two tablets in water, saturate a cotton ball, and press it on the sting for quick relief.

Step 3: Quickly Cleaning Greasy Cookware
Fill dirty pots and pans with warm water, add five tablets, and let everything sit for an hour. Wipe, rinse, and you’re good to go.

Step 4: Refreshing Your Vase
Remove the icky residue that gathers at the impossible-to-reach bottom of narrow-neck vases by filling them halfway with water and adding two tablets. Wait until the fizzing stops, then rinse the vase clean.

Step 5: Shining Your Jewelry
To clean jewelry, dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of warm water and immerse the jewelry, letting it soak for two minutes.

Tip
Research shows Alka-Seltzer can even help you cope with nicotine withdrawal! Drink a glass of water with two dissolved tablets three times a day to help curb the cravings.

Step 6: Revitilizing Your Coffee Maker
Fill your coffeemaker with water and plop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets. Once they’ve dissolved, put the coffeemaker through a brew cycle to clean the tubes. Rinse the chamber a few times, then run a second cycle with plain water. Your next cup will taste great.

Did You Know?
Alka-Seltzer’s famous jingle, 'Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is!' was written by actress Julianna Margulies’ father.

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