Surprising Uses for Denture Tablets

Denture tablets can be used to clean a lot more than dentures. Once you see all of these uses for them, you'll be eager to buy some (even if you have all of your teeth).

  • 01 of 08

    Remove Coffee and Tea Stains

    Dentures
    Dentures. Photo © Flickr user sander_123

    Has your favorite hot beverage left brown stains on your mugs, cups, tea kettle or coffee pot? Just drop a denture tab (or two) into the stained vessel, add water, and allow it to sit for a while. The stain should lift right up when you wipe it with a dish rag. Sure beats going after it with elbow grease

  • 02 of 08

    Clean Vases

    Flowers in Vases
    Flowers in Vases. knape/E+/Getty Images

    Vases often look cloudy after holding a bouquet. To restore a glass vase to its original shine, fill it with water; and drop a single denture tablet inside. Let it sit until the tab stops fizzing. Then, rinse the vase out, and all of that cloudiness should be gone. Sure beats trying to squeeze your hand or a scrub brush into the tight neck of a vase.

    Tip: You can use this same trick to remove water marks from wine glasses, water bottles, and other glass containers.

  • 03 of 08

    Remove Tomato Stains

    Woman Putting Away Leftovers
    Woman Putting Away Leftovers. BRETT STEVENS/Cultura/Getty Images 

    Banish tomato stains from your plastic food storage containers with the help of denture tabs. Just fill each stained container with water, drop a tab in, and allow them to soak overnight. It'll lift the stains better than anything else you've tried.

    More Cheap Ways to Remove Stains

  • 04 of 08

    Clean Glass Bakeware

    Dirty Casserole Dish
    Dirty Casserole Dish. evergreenpics/iStock/Getty Images Plus

    Cutting through all that baked on grease that gets left behind on glass bakeware is more than ordinary dish soap can do. You could try one of the many labor-intense cleaning methods circulating on Pinterest, but I recommend denture tabs for this job, too. Just fill your baking dishes with water; pop in a tab or two;  allow them to soak overnight; then, give your pan a good scrub in the morning. This will lift that baked on grime right off.

    Tip: This will also remove stains from enamel cookware,...MORE without scratching the surface.

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  • 05 of 08

    Remove Stuck On/Burnt On Foods

    Food Stuck on a Frying Pan
    Food Stuck on a Frying Pan. tzahiV/iStock/Getty Images Plus

    When soaking a pan isn't enough to remove stuck on, burnt-on food, add a denture tab to the soak water, and go about the rest of your kitchen clean up. By the time you're done with everything else, the food should lift right off with minimal scrubbing.

    Note: This is intended for use on non-stick pans. Using denture tablets on pans made of cast iron, or other uncoated metals, may damage the seasoning, so don't risk it.

  • 06 of 08

    Clean Your Toilet

    Cleaning Toilet
    Cleaning Toilet. Michael Heim/EyeEm/Getty Images

    Pop a couple denture tablets in your toilet; allow them to sit until they stop fizzing; then, give your toilet a good scrub. The tabs will kill germs and remove hard water stains, just like a store-bought toilet bowl cleaner, but at a fraction of the price, and with no harsh chemical smells.

  • 07 of 08

    Clean Your Showerhead

    Showerhead
    Showerhead. Mark Sayer/EyeEm/Getty Images

    Mineral deposits clog the nozzles on your showerhead over time, resulting in a less intense spray. For an easy fix, just fill a bag with water; add a denture tab; then rubber band it around your showerhead. Allow it soak for several hours, so the mineral deposits have a chance to soften up. Then, remove the bag, and give your shower head a quick scrub with a firm brush to remove any remaining gunk.

  • 08 of 08

    Remove Mineral Deposits From Your Tea Kettle and Coffee Maker

    Brewing a cup of coffee
    Brewing a cup of coffee. Jose A. Bernat Bacete/Moment/Getty Images

    Denture tabs can also be used to remove mineral deposits from your tea kettle and coffee maker To clean your tea kettle, just fill the kettle with water; drop a denture tab in; allow it to soak for a few hours; and follow up with a good scrub.

    To clean your coffee maker, just fill the tank with water; drop two denture tabs in; and run your coffee maker (without coffee). Discard the pot of water. Then, empty the tank; refill it with water; and run your coffee maker a couple more times (without...MORE coffee) to rinse away the deposits. This trick should get your coffee maker running better, and result in better tasting coffee, too.