Cleaning with denture tablets. Methods you need to know.

We would not blame you if you are tired of using the same old commercial cleaning products. Not only are they getting more and more expensive by the hour but they also contain a number of toxic ingredients and artificial additives that may be harmful to you.
Fortunately for you, there are so many different products that can in fact be used instead of regular cleansers. You may look into green cleaning or just research how to make your own DIY cleaning products at home.

Denture tablets are an excellent example of a product that can do wonders when it comes to cleaning. Denture tablets, it turns out, contain many of the same ingredients as common household cleaners and laundry detergents: potassium persulfate (oxidizer), sodium perborate (peroxide-based bleach), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium sulphate (salt), sodium carbonate (soda ash), pentasodium triphosphate (hydrogen peroxide stabiliser), sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (surfactant), magnesium stearate (chelating agent).

After all, this product is designed to clean porcelain and acrylic dentures. You can certainly use it to maintain cleanliness around the house. Keep reading to find out how.

Keep in mind
Dropping in a premeasured tablet is quick and straightforward, but you should also consider the cost per use. An all-purpose household cleanser is frequently less expensive. Because denture tablets include bleaching agents, always consult the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions before using them on porous surfaces, uncoated metals, or fabrics.

Here are some cleaning tasks you can easily tackle with the help of denture tablets

  1. Remove tea and coffee stains – If your beverages leave brown marks on the inside of your mugs or cups, use denture tablets to get rid of them.
    • Add 1 denture tablet to each cup/mug and 2 tablets to larger pots.
    • Fill the cup/pot with water to activate the tablets
    • Let the solution sit overnight
    • Once you are done, pour out the liquid and wipe the inside of your vessels with a dishcloth or a soft sponge.
  2. Get rid of mineral deposits from your electric tea or coffee kettle – Mineral deposits quickly build up on the inside of a kettle, especially if you live in an area with hard water. Those are not the easiest to remove but denture tablets will ease your struggles.
    • To descale a tea kettle, simply fill it with water, drop in a denture tab, soak for a few hours, then scrub well.
    • Fill the reservoir with water, add one or two denture tablets, then run a cycle to descale a coffee maker, including a Keurig. Remove the water pot. Empty the reservoir of any residual liquid, replace it with clean water, then run the coffee maker a few more times (without coffee) to rinse away the deposits.
  3. Clean flower vases – Glass vases can become foggy after holding a bouquet. Fill the vase with water and drop in a denture tablet to help remove the residue. Allow the vase to sit overnight. Pour out the fluid and thoroughly rinse the vase.
  4. Cleaning plastic containers – We all have a few plastic food boxes that seem to be permanently stained from a number of meals. 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.
    • Fill each container with warm water and drop in a tablet
    • Let them sit overnight
    • Pour out the liquid and give them a good scrub, rinse them out and allow them to air dry (never put them away while still wet).
  5. Clean your stained glass bakeware – Glass bakeware can easily get stained with baked-on grease, especially around the edges.
    • If the grease is on the inside of the glassware, fill it with hot water and place a denture tablet inside, let it soak overnight, scrub the stained areas with a sponge and some dishwashing liquid, then rinse and dry.
    • For stains on the outside of the glass bakeware, fill a large basin with some water, drop a tablet or two (depending on the size) and place the stained bakeware inside. Let it soak for a few hours or overnight, scrub it with a sponge and some dishwashing liquid, rinse and dry it completely.
  6. When washing a pan isn’t enough to remove burnt-on food, soak it in water with a denture pill. Allow at least an hour before washing the pan in hot water as usual.
    Use this approach on nonstick pans only. Denture tablets can cause damage to cast iron or unprotected metals.
  7. Denture tablets can be used as toilet cleaners. Allow a couple of denture pills to work in the toilet bowl until the fizzing stops. Then, scrub the toilet, as usual.
  8. The nozzles of your showerhead may become clogged due to the hard water in your area. If you notice the water flow is not as powerful as usual, use this trick to resolve
    the issue.

    • Fill a storage bag with warm water and drop a denture tablet in it.
    • Place the showerhead in the bag and tie with a rubber band
    • Let it sit in the solution overnight
    • Scrub around the nozzles with a stiff-bristled brush then rinse.