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Denture tablets are small capsules primarily marketed to clean dentures when they are not being worn by the user. They are sold as powders and pastes, some varieties are effervescent while some are not.
They are, to put it simply, cleansing agents that comprise of sodium hypochlorite, a sodium salt which acts as a mild bleach. Other ingredients include citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, sodium perborate and sodium polyphosphate. These denture cleansers are a step above the denture cleansing techniques of the 1900s- vinegar/water solutions.
Now, you might be momentarily stymied as to what the functions of a denture tablet might be, other than to clean dentures. Surprisingly, there are a lot of them. These fizzy white globules cover a whole host of uses around the house, and then some. These tablets make for a smart buy, even for those of us who do not actually wear dentures!
1. Fabric Cleaning
An eminently suitable substitute for detergent, denture tablets have cleansing properties that get stains out quickly. Add the tablets based on requirement and the quantity of washing, soak in warm water for an hour. Wash and dry.
Added bonus? Denture tablets are sometimes effervescent, which can make laundry feel fresher and more crisp.
2. Unclog Drains
Clogged drains are nightmarish, and even the best toilet cleaning supplies can not always do their job. DIY-ing in such a situation, however, does work. All you need is a cup of vinegar and a few crushed-up denture tablets. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by hot water and the clog will go away in no time.
3. Cleaning enamel utensils
Enamel cookware is likely to get easily stained and dishwashing liquid might not always do the trick. Use some denture tablets and warm water, scrub carefully if required.
4. Shoe cleaning
Denture tablets are not only a great cleanser, but also function as deodorizers. And where better to put this to the test, than to clean out smelly shoes? (We all have a dreaded pair!)
Wash the shoes with warm water and denture tablets (as per requirement). As simple as it sounds.
The best part? Denture tablets leave none of the powdery residue conventional detergents do.
5. Get rid of coffee stains
Coffee cups and servers tend to stain quickly. And if left unchecked too long, these stains settle permanently and before you know it, your favourite mug is all splotchy. Denture tablets are an unexpected ally. They are powerful cleansers.
Just crush up one denture tablet and let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing it out.
Pro Tip: Use an effervescent denture tablet for heightened results.
6. Narrow-mouthed glassware
Narrow-necked bottles or vases can be difficult to clean. Using a cleaner that leaves residue is not the smartest idea, as these items can never be properly wiped out.
Use a denture tablet to do the job. Fill the vase or bottle with lukewarm water, and add a tablet. Rinse out after an hour or two.
7. Take care of the Tupperware
Plastic containers are often neglected until you suddenly notice a sauce stain that refuses to fade. Use a denture tablet to get rid of the stains on your Tupperware. Wash with warm water and dry.
Pro Tip: Make a thick paste with water and leave on the area of the stain, if it is particularly stubborn. Scrub and rinse.
8. Bathtub cleaning
Concoct a DIY soak for your bathtub with only denture tablets and warm water. Drain after a few hours and rinse with clean water. Your bathtub will immediately look cleaner and smell fresh.
A denture tablet soak can also lighten grimy watermarks and mineral deposits.
9. Hairbrush care
Hairbrushes are almost always prey to grimy build-up, and with good reason. But I have even better news for you- a cheap and quick solution.
Soak the brushes in a tub of warm water, into which a denture tablet has been added. Use a toothbrush or comb to remove any product or hair strands that refuse to budge.
10. Jewellery cleaning
Now this is one that needed a little bit of research, but is hailed as mostly safe and extremely effective. Denture tablets or powder are compatible with most gemstones and precious metal, with the exception of silver and pearls.
Soak your jewellery in a solution of warm water and denture tablets, for some DIY upkeep.
Pro Tip: Use the denture powder sparingly.
11. Cutlery cleaning
If you are fastidious about food, you are no stranger to the joys of clean cutlery. And while easy to clean, these items tend to lose their shine with regular use.
Give your knives, forks and spoons a monthly scrub with some warm water and denture tablets.
12. Clean your Baking Dishes
Everyone loves a good lasagna (Who doesn’t?). At the same time, everyone also hates the cleaning afterwards, what with the marinara and the cheese. An easy way out of a very messy cleaning process, is to use a denture tablet to loosen up the leftovers. Let the dish soak for an hour before washing, and you’ll be surprised how easy and fast cleaning becomes.
13.Toilet bowl Cleaning
Even a clean toilet can look drab, if not cleaned periodically. And while chemical toilet cleaners might be effective, they are also expensive. Denture tablets in comparison, are pretty cheap.
Drop a few tablets and let them sit for an hour. Flush. Voila, the job is done.
14. Toilet seat cleaning
Continuing in the same vein, toilet seats also require cleaning. Scrub the surface with a denture tablet paste to get out stains and spots. Rinse with clean water.
15. Tile Cleaning
Give your tiles some extra sparkle with denture tablets. Light-coloured tiles often look shabby, even when cleaned with regulation tile cleaners.
Denture tablets contains citric acid components which can exfoliate the grime off of the tile surface.
16. Keep your Window Tracks Clean
Crush up a few denture tablets and powder lightly onto your window tracks. Scrub with a washcloth dipped in warm water.
Pro Tip: Use a q-tip or cotton swab to reach hard to get to corners.
17. Clean up baby equipment
Baby toys, pacifiers and teething rings require very careful cleaning, for obvious reasons. Dental tablets are very useful when it comes to the same, as they rarely leave any residue.
Use the denture powder or paste sparingly and wash well before drying.
18. Get rid of sweat stains
Sweat stains, however minor, can really mar clothing. They tend to grow yellowish over time and spread in diameter. Use a denture tablet and rub it over the stain, before soaking in warm water. Rinse and dry.
Continue the process 2-3 times and you’ll find that the sweat stain is as good as gone.
19. Shower Head Therapy
Put a couple of denture tablets in a plastic bag of water. Place it around your shower head and secure the mouth with a rubber tie. Remove after a few hours to witness unclogged shower pores and zero stains.
20. Clean your retainers
Retainers have to be subject to a lot- saliva, debris, food particles. They turn gunky over time and merely water ceases to do the job. Soaking it in a denture powder and warm water solution, however, will.
21. Sink cleaning
Use an effervescent denture tablet to give your sink a good scrubbing-down.
Pro Tip: Leave the denture powder on for a few minutes before you wash the sink.
Similar in function to retainers, mouthguards also require regular cleaning. Soak in a solution of warm water and a denture tablet to get excellent cleansing action.
23.Care for your Ceramics
Denture tablets can help you rid your ceramics of stains. Rich in sodium salts, these tablets cleanse, exfoliate and whiten. Scrub gently on the stains for a few minutes and you will have a clean surface in no time.
Pro Tip: Use a toothbrush to get the grime out from intricate detailing, if there happens to be any.
25. Clean your coffee makers
If you are a regular drinker of coffee or tea and own an expensive state of the art coffee maker you take pride in, the following hack is as if tailor-made for you. Continuous use of the filter often leads to clogging and coffee ground residues, which even regular cleaning cannot eliminate.
Crush a denture tablet and use it to clean out your coffee maker. Rinse with hot water.
26. Water Bottle Cleaning
Re-usability is the watchword for the new decade, and with it, healthy living. Most of us (myself included) are in the habit of throwing together inspired fruit-infused water cleanses. They taste great, but can leave behind specific odours and tastes that become putrid over time.
A simple way to combat this is to use denture powder to wash out the bottles.
27. Removal of rust from mason jars
Continued use causes mason jars to get rusty from their lids. This can be easily dealt with. Fill a mason jar with water and crush a denture tablet in it. Tighten the lid, and let it sit overnight. Unscrew in the morning to witness a visible decrease of rusting.
28. Homemade Cleaner
Cheaper and more effective than commercial cleaning sprays, a mix of denture tablets and water make for an excellent cleaning solution. Put the solution in a spray/atomizer. Shake before use.
Pro-Tip: Add vinegar for added benefits.
29. Clean a Stained Couch
Light coloured couches or upholstery, while elegant and summery, are also prone to staining.
Fashion your own couch-cleaner with warm water and crushed denture tablets. Dampen a washcloth with the same to scrub out the stains and keep your couch stain-free.
Pro-Tip: Avoid denture tablets that change colour on contact with water or other liquids.
30. Keep your whites, White
Give your white clothes an inexpensive and effective pick-me-up using a denture tablet soak. Soak the clothes in a tub of warm water. Add crushed denture powder as per requirement.
Pro Tip: Do not add clothing of other colours in the same wash.
31. Clean your Gardening Tools
As useful as denture tablets are to keep the indoors of your home clean, they are equally useful outside. Give your gardening implements a quick scrub with a dental tablet and some water.
32. Clean Tea Stains off China
A habit inculcated from my mother, I enjoy drinking tea in dainty bone china cups- the daintier, the better. The only downside to using cups of this kind regularly is that they are built for occasional use and very careful upkeep, neither of which I implement.
That is, until I discovered that denture tablets can remove tea stains without causing any damage or disintegration. Use a warm water and denture tablet solution to gently rinse your delicate crockery.
33. Get rid of Hard Water Stains
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a constituent ingredient of denture powder. The same property renders it useful in the removal of hard water stains and mineral deposits from glasses, bottles and other utensils.
Fill the glass or container with water and drop a tablet. Rinse out once the fizzing stops.
34. Counter-top cleaning
I believe I speak for everyone when I say that kitchen counters must, at all times, be kept clean.
Crush a denture tablet in water to form a thick paste. Scrub your countertops with it. Use a narrow-pronged brush for the corners. Wipe off with a damp washcloth.
Denture tablets are also deodorizers and will leave your countertops smelling minty fresh.
35. Shine your Diamonds (and other gemstones)
Denture tablets, in addition to being adept at cleaning out jewellery, can also be used to lend gemstones their lost shine.
Simply, dip the stone in a solution of warm water and a powdered denture tablet. Let it sit for some time, before fishing it out. Rinse.
Pro-Tip: Do not leave the stone in the solution for too long.
36. Clean a Hydration Pack
As an enthusiastic hiker myself, I could list a hundred pros of the wonders that are hydration packs. And one con. The cleaning of it.
Simply use a denture tablet and some water and fill the pack. Rinse out after a couple of hours. The denture tablets also get rid of any putridity that might be festering inside the pack.
37. Deodorize your Drains
Both kitchen and bathroom drains are likely to smell if not cleaned regularly. Crush up a denture tablet and stick it under the cover. The regular running of the taps will automatically cleanse and deodorize.
38. Clean Thermal Flasks
Similar to the effect these effervescent globules have on ceramic and china, thermal flasks too can be cleaned with denture tablets. The best part? There is no need to get your hands dirty.
Crush up a tablet and fill the thermos up with water. Let it sit for a while before shaking the thermos. Pour out the solution, rinse and dry.
39. Lab equipment cleaning
A cleaning technique I observed back in chemistry lab, was that my professors would use denture tablets to clean used beakers and pipettes before experiments. It leaves no residue behind if rinsed properly.
40. Clean wine decanters
Wine decanters, if in use for long periods, often develop faint wine stains that darken over time. And denture tablets offer the perfect fix.
Use a denture tablet and some mildly warm water to rinse out your decanters and get rid of your wine woes.
And there you have it, some amazing hacks putting denture tablets to good use. The next time you’re shopping for toothpaste, pick up the box of denture tablets next to it, knowing that you now have a surefire cleaning solution at hand.