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).

Remove Coffee and Tea Stains

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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.

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Clean Vases

Restore a glass vase to its original shine by filling it with water and dropping 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.

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

Remove Tomato Stains

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.

Clean Glass Bakeware

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 around 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.

Tip: This will also remove stains from enamel cookware.

Remove Stuck On/Burnt On Foods

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 with regular cleaning.

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.

Clean Your Toilet

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.

Clean Your Showerhead

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 rubberband 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.