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Alka Seltzer is actually pretty green as over the counter drugs go. It is made up of aspirin, citric acid, and baking soda, all of which are eco-friendly. Around here we rarely take over the counter anything but Alka Seltzer can usually be found in the cupboard anyway. You may not know it but it has a variety of uses that have absolutely nothing to do with hangovers or upset stomachs.

It is almost always available and deserves a permanent place in your green cleaning kit.

5 Uses for Alka Seltzer That You Might Not Know About

1. Clear a Clog

You can often unclog a sink with about four Alka Seltzer tablets and a cup of white vinegar. Just drop the tablets down the drain, follow with the vinegar and allow to stand for about ten minutes. Flush with a pot of boiling water.

Doing this on a regular basis can help keep that drain clear.

2. Clean a Toilet

Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets to quickly clean your toilet bowl. Allow the water to stop fizzing and then brush with the toilet bowl brush. The inside should be clean, shiny, and deodorized.

3. Clean Your Glass Baking Dishes

I don't know about your but I love my glass bakeware. It can be hard to get clean when something gets burned on, however. In theory only, mind you...I would never burn anything, myself. If I ever did burn something on my glass bakeware I would use three Alka Seltzer tablets in hot water to clean it off so that it looked like new again. 4. Whiten and Brighten Soak your white cotton items in a solution of a gallon of warm water and two Alka Seltzer tablets to brighten it. It will end up being white without any dingy yellow color. Hang in the sun to dry to get rid of any lingering stains. 5. Deodorize the Fridge You can have the cleanest, freshest smelling refrigerator in town. Just drop a tablet of Alka Seltzer in a cup of water and let it bubble in the refrigerator for a half hour or so. If it still smells a little funny use another tablet in water to wash it down. No more slices of salmon flavored cream pie.