Did you ever think your denture tablets had more uses than one? Turns out, denture tablets contain many of the same ingredients as basic household cleaners and laundry detergents: Potassium Persulfate (oxidizer), Sodium Perborate (peroxide-based bleach), Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Sodium Sulfate (salt), Sodium Carbonate (soda ash), Pentasodium Triphosphate (hydrogen peroxide stabilizer), Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (surfactant), Magnesium Stearate (stabilizer), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).
Developed to clean porcelain and acrylic resin dentures, they can be used to clean similar household surfaces. Learn some ways to use denture tablets as you clean around the house.
Before You Begin
Dropping in a premeasured tablet is easy and can work in a pinch, but you should also consider the cost per use. An all-purpose household cleaner is often more cost-efficient. Always consult the manufacturer's cleaning guidelines before using a denture tablet on porous surfaces, uncoated metals, or fabrics since it contains bleaching agents.
How Often to Use Denture Tablets
Used correctly, you can use denture tablets as often as you'd like to clean certain surfaces like china, porcelain bathroom fixtures, glass and ceramic bakeware, and most glass or metal small appliance interiors.
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Remove Coffee and Tea Stains
If beverages have left brown stains on your mugs, cups, tea, or coffee pot, denture tablets can remove the stains.
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- Add one tablet to each stained cup and two tablets to larger coffee and teapots.
- Fill the vessel with water to activate the tablet.
- Allowing it to work overnight will give you the best results but wait at least two hours.
- Pour out the solution, wipe the inside with a dishcloth or sponge, and rinse well with hot water.
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Remove Mineral Deposits From Your Tea Kettle and Coffee Maker
Denture tabs can also be used to remove mineral deposits from your tea kettle and coffee maker.
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- To descale a 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 descale a coffee maker, including a Keurig, fill the reservoir with water, add one or two denture tablets, and run a cycle. Discard the pot of water. Empty any remaining water in the reservoir, refill it with water, and run the coffee maker a couple more times (without coffee) to rinse away the deposits.
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Clean Flower Vases
Glass vases often look cloudy after holding a bouquet. To help remove the residue, fill the vase with water and drop in a denture tablet. Let the vase sit overnight. Pour out the solution and rinse the vase well.
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Remove Plastic Container Stains
Tomatoes and other foods containing tannins can leave stains on plastic food storage containers. The bleaching agents in denture tablets can help lift those stains.
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- Fill each container with warm water, and drop in a tablet.
- Allow them to soak overnight.
- Pour out the solution the next day, washing each container in hot, soapy water,
- Rinse and dry.
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Clean Glass Bakeware
If your glass bakeware has baked-on grease around the edges, try soaking them with denture tablets.
- If the grease is around the inside edges, fill the bakeware with warm water and add one or two denture tablets depending on the size of the vessel.
- Let it soak overnight.
- Scrub the glassware with an abrasive sponge.
- Wash in hot soapy water, rinse, and dry.
If the handles or the outside of the bakeware is stained from spills or overspray of baking spray...
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- Fill a plastic tub with enough warm water to submerge the bakeware.
- Add the tablets and allow the solution to work overnight.
- Scrub, wash, and rinse the bakeware the next day.
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Remove Stuck-On/Burnt-On Foods
When washing a pan isn't enough to remove burnt-on food, add a denture tablet to the soaking water. Allow at least an hour and then wash the pan as usual in hot water.
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Clean the Toilet
Denture tablets can be used as a cleaner for the toilet. Add a couple of denture tablets to the toilet bowl and allow them to work until the fizzing stops. Then, scrub the toilet as usual.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Clean a Showerhead
Mineral deposits can clog the nozzles on your showerhead reducing water flow.
- To help dissolve the deposits, fill a heavy-duty food storage bag large enough to hold the showerhead with water and add a denture tablet.
- Secure the bag to the showerhead with a rubber band.
- Allow it to soak overnight or for several hours to loosen the mineral deposits.
- Remove the bag and scrub the showerhead with a soft-bristled brush.
- Turn on the water to flush out the loose debris.
Cleaning for a Healthy Home. UMN Extension.