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Multiple uses for denture-cleaning tablets

By on June 1, 2012
clean mug stain

Denture tablets are made to clean stains, which makes them useful for more than just cleaning dentures. If you come across a sale, pick up a box to add to your cleaning supply cabinet. The generic version will be cheaper and give you great results, too.
Here are a few ways to use the tablets around your home:


Clean vases:

One reader, Ellise from South Carolina, shares: “Denture tablets work well to clean stains from coffee pots, ceramics, teacups, mugs, tea pots, thermoses and other objects with hard-to-reach insides.” Some vases are narrow, making it difficult to reach the bottom to clean them. Try putting hot water in the vase and adding a denture tablet, then let the vase soak or rub petroleum jelly inside it and leave it for a few days. Then wash it as usual.
Besides using denture-cleaning tablets, you can also use dry rice to clean vases. Add vinegar and water or a squirt of dishwashing liquid and water and swish the rice around the vase. You can use a baby-bottle brush, too. A quick wipe with nail polish remover sometimes works. Afterward, wash the vase thoroughly with dish soap and water. You can use a toothbrush and scrub the vase with white toothpaste and rinse, too.

Nail whitener:

Soak your fingers for five minutes in a bowl that contains a mixture of one cup of warm water and a denture tablet.

Unclog drain:

Drop a couple of broken-up tablets into your sink or tub drain and pour hot water or vinegar down the drain to clear it. A denture tablet and hot water soak can clean your entire tub, too. Another reader, Michelle from Texas, shares: “To clean a showerhead, dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet in a plastic bag of water. Tie the bag over the showerhead, so that it is completely immersed in the cleaning mixture. Attach with a rubber band and allow it to sit for several hours. Or remove the showerhead and let it soak in the mixture.”

Clean toilet:

Drop a tablet or two into your toilet and let it do its magic. It takes about 20 minutes. Another reader, Tricia B. from North Carolina, shares: I only buy toilet bowl cleaner if I get a good deal on it. Otherwise, I use bleach or vinegar. I have also used denture-cleaning tablets when I’ve found them on sale or purchased them with a coupon.”

Spaghetti stains on plastic:

Have stubborn sauce stains on a plastic bowl or sink liner? Try a vinegar and baking soda paste, or use salt and lemon juice, then set the bowl or liner outside in the sun. Windex, liquid automatic dishwasher cleaner or a couple of denture-cleaning tablets and water sometimes work, too.

Food stains:

Have food stains on white clothing or a tablecloth? Try a denture-cleaning tablet or two to clean it. Combine water and tablet(s) and let the garment or tablecloth soak overnight. Then launder as usual. In some cases, it will work on dingy white curtains/sheers, too.

Clean hairbrushes and combs:

Fill a small sink with hot water and add a few squirts of shampoo, peroxide or a denture-cleaning tablet to it. Soak brushes and combs in it. Swish the comb and brushes a few times. Use the comb to scrub the hairbrush to remove any hair, hair product build-up, hair oil, dirt or lint, and continue to swish until clean.

photo by admiller


  1. Bev

    6/20/2012 at 11:37 pm

    I use some to freshen my drains it is a cheap fix if I don’t have any lemons handy. My husband uses them for his partials so I don’t need to buy extra.

    • Kathi

      5/6/2016 at 12:57 pm

      I use them all the time for my drains to either unclog or just give them a fresh minty smell. I can’t wait to try the spaghetti sauce stain on my plastic bowls. I sure hope it works!

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