I have never taken an Alka-Seltzer for heartburn, but I know a lot of people who have. I just can’t put anything in my mouth that foams like that! However, I do use Alka-Seltzer for lots of other things in my home! That foaming action can clean so much better than scrubbing! I like quick and instant results, and seeing the fizz of the Alka-Seltzer lets me know that results start immediately! Check out these 10 unique uses for those extra Alka-Seltzer tablets in your stockpile!

1. Clean crevices and corners in vases.

Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets with some water and let the Alka-Seltzer do the scrubbing in those little corners and crevices that get dirty. Rinse, and the vase will be as good as new for a fresh bouquet of flowers!

2. Get rid of your coffee maker’s stains.

Add two tablets of Alka-Seltzer to your coffeemaker’s pot, then add water just like you would to make coffee. Run through the cycle and repeat again with just water before making another pot of coffee!

3. Make your toilet sparkle.

I’m all for anything that doesn’t require physical labor! Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets in your toilet and walk away! Come back in 20 minutes and flush! Get a sparkling toilet with no effort!

4. Remove burnt food from pots and dishes.

I have a slow cooker that cooks as fast as any pot on the stove. I love it, but it causes an ugly food ring around the inside of the pot that’s always so difficult to scrub off. I’ve discovered that Alka-Seltzer helps with the job! Remove any loose food from your pot or plate, then fill above the stain line with warm water. Add two Alka-Seltzer tablets and let the solution sit for 30 minutes. This is so much easier than scrubbing!

5. Unclog a drain.

I don’t see too many coupons for expensive Drain-O, so Alka-Seltzer is my best friend when it comes to unclogging drains. Drop four Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain and follow it with one cup of vinegar. Allow 10 minutes to pass and then follow with boiling hot water.

6. Relieve insect bites.

Dissolve two tablets in a glass of water. Mix and apply to affected area with a cotton ball. Leave on the area for at least half an hour before washing it off. You can entertain the kids with this method and keep them from scratching the bites.

7. Remove odors from your cooler.

If you’ve ever mistakenly left food in a cooler for longer than you should have, then you’ll find this next tip valuable. Add several inches of water into your cooler along with 4-6 Alka-Seltzer tablets. Let the solution sit for one hour before rinsing. Dry completely for an odor-free cooler!

8. Clean plastic containers.

What food do I always have left over? Spaghetti! And it stains any plastic container that I use. Did you know that Alka-Seltzer can remove those stains? Soak your containers in warm water and add two Alka-Seltzer tablets for about 30 minutes. You should see definite removal of most of the stains. Take a paper towel to wipe away any residual stains.

9. Get your dingy whites whiter!

I hate the yellow discoloration that forms around the collar of my shirts. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a bucket of hot water along with the whites! Let them soak for 30 minutes, then run through the usual cycle. Hang in the sun to get an even brighter white!

10. Use Alka-Seltzer as a multi-surface cleaner.

Mix several Alka-Seltzer tablets in a bucket of water. When the fizzing stops, you can add the mixture to a spray bottle and clean counter tops, bathtubs, tile and other surfaces. The great thing about Alka-Seltzer is how many jobs you can get done with only one box of tablets. It makes for a great tile spray! Let the solution soak into your tile for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.