If you’re young, you’ve likely never given much thought and certainly never purchased denture tablets before. But it turns out that they can do plenty more than clean dentures. You can use denture cleaner to get rid of everything from coffee stains to clogged drains at home—using nothing more than a couple of tablets at a time.
To prove our point, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips for cleaning your home with denture tablets. From smelly shoes to jewelry, here are ten of the most surprising things denture cleaners can spruce up—and how to do it.
1. Enamel Cookware
Looking for an effective way to really deep clean your enamel cookware? Add warm water and 2-3 denture tablets to each of your soiled pots and pans and simply wait until the fizzing stops. Your cookware should wash clean in no time.
2. Clogged drains
While harsh bleach and liquid plumbing solutions can unclog a drain in seconds, they can also take a toll on your sinks (and nose). Do yourself a favor and drop three broken-up denture tablets and a cup of vinegar down your drain the next time it’s clogged up. Wait a few minutes and then run hot water until the clog finally clears.
3. Stained coffee mugs
Turns out all it takes to get rid of those pesky coffee stains in your mug is just one measly denture tablet. Fill the mug with warm water and a denture tablet and simply wait until the fizzing stops. Your mugs (and carafes, and tea kettles, etc.) should wash clean in minutes.
4. Smelly shoes
Few things feel more hopeless than a stinky pair of sneakers, but what if what if we told you denture cleaner can make them look (and smell) brand-new? Fill a bucket up with hot water, 3 denture tablets and your shoes, and your kicks should be fresh and germ-free in a couple of hours.
Who knew all of your hard-stone jewelry (diamonds and gold, etc.) was just one denture tablet away from looking shiny and new? Drop a single tablet into a cup of warm water and let your baubles soak for 20 minutes before rinsing clean. Just remember to avoid using it on softer stones like pearls and Lapis).
6. Small bottles
Small bottles with narrow openings can seem all but impossible to clean. Luckily, all it takes it a broken up denture tablet and some warm water—just add to the bottle and shake