Even if you don’t have dentures, it’s worth keeping a packet of denture cleaning tablets on hand.
If you have cleaned dentures (or a retainer) with them before, you’ll know that they are powerful cleaners with the ability to clean grime and gunk out of tiny nooks and crannies, leaving your dentures with a perfect shine. It only makes sense that denture cleaning tablets could have many other cleaning uses around the house.
Here is a list of surprising ways you can use effervescent denture cleaning tablets on even some of the toughest stains to get your house spick and span.
1. The toilet
Place two or three denture tablets into the toilet bowl and leave them to dissolve. In 10-15 minutes, give the bowl a scrub and stains will come right off.
2. The kettle
If you put water and a couple of denture tablets into your kettle or coffee plunger, they will help to remove any stains and mineral deposits. This works even better if you leave it to soak overnight.
3. Coffee and tea stains
No matter how hard we scrub, coffee and tea stains tend to build up inside cups and mugs, leaving them looking filthy. Fill your stained cups with warm water and drop a tablet into each. Leave for 10-15 minutes and simply wipe clean with a cloth. Your cups will look like new!
4. Narrow vases and jars
Vases, especially when they’re had fresh flowers in them, tend to build up a layer of smelly grime. Denture cleaning tablets are the perfect solution to those long, thin vases and jars that you just can’t reach down to scrub. Simply fill with warm water, drop in a tablet or two, and let it soak. The grime should come right off, and a bottle brush will move any that remains.
5. Toothbrush holders
Toothbrush holders are one of those things that are often overlooked when cleaning, which is terrible because your toothbrush of all things should be stored in a clean environment. Like skinny vases, many toothbrush holders are quite difficult to clean (especially those ceramic ones with the little holes in top for holding brushes separately. Put a little water in the bottom, and a tablet and leave to soak. Rinse and dry thoroughly. No more slime!
6. Unclog and freshen drains
A blocked or smelly drain can be rectified with a few denture tablets too. Break up three or four tablets and drop down the drain. Leave for an hour or so, and then rinse with hot water.
7. Remove baked on food
Revive your favourite casserole or baking dishes by dissolving a few denture tablets in hot water and leaving to soak. The hardened food should wipe right off with minimal scrubbing required.
This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.