I “inherited” a boat load of denture tablets when my mother passed away last Fall. They have been just sitting in my bathroom cabinet for almost a year now. I didn’t know what to do with them. I don’t wear dentures and I don’t know anyone else who does.
I didn’t want to throw them out, I had heard that they make good cleaners for most jewelry (except pearls) so I did use them to soak my rings in and after rinsing them off, my rings came out nice and sparkly. Now I have heard some people since then say that using denture cleaner tablets to clean jewelry can weaken it but that hasn’t been my experience.
Even with cleaning my jewelry, these tablets were going to last forever. Then I was sent a box of them by a generic denture tablet maker wanting me to find and report to you, my readers different uses for them.
That was the push I needed to do some research and testing to see just what these little guys could do.
Below is a list of what I found out about how to clean with denture tablets. I will also let you know if I personally tried it and what the results were.
- Clean Jewelry. Add 1 denture tablet to a cup of warm water and add your jewelry. Let it soak for 30 minutes then take your jewelry out and rinse. I have done this numerous times and always have great results. DO NOT use on pearls though.
- Soak your toothbrushes. Add 2 tablets to a cup of water and add your toothbrushes, bristle side down. I have tried this once so far and it cleaned them well. Will use this tip again.
- Whiten your sheer curtains that have yellowed. This is only safe for sheers that are washable. It should also be fine for nylon lace curtains but antique lace curtains, you may want to try a small edge first. Soak the curtains for an hour or two in a bowl of water with 2 denture tablets. Then wash as usual. I haven’t tried this one as I don’t have any sheer curtains.
- Unclog your drain. Drop 1-2 denture tablets down your drain with 1 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 20 minutes then follow up with running hot water down the drain. Haven’t needed to use this tip yet.
- Coffeemaker. Drop 2 tablets in the water tank and fill with water. Run through a cycle and dump it out. Refill with water and run through another cycle. Repeat. I haven’t tried this yet.
- Makeup Brushes. Pour warm water in a bowl with 2 denture cleaner tablets and add brushes. Let them soak for 30 minutes then swish the brushes around in the bowl and rinse. I haven’t tried this yet.
- Hair Brushes and Combs. Do the same as with makeup brushes but first pull out as much hair from the brush as you can. I think I would let these soak longer too than 30 minutes, like an hour. I haven’t tried this yet but this looks like a great way to get rid of all the dirt that accumulates at the base of your hairbrush that’s so hard to get at to clean.
- Kids Bath Toys. Dump toys in a bucket, fill with hot water and add a few denture tablets. wait about 30 minutes and rinse off the toys. I have done this with my granddaughter’s toys and it worked pretty well.
- Baby Toys. Clean them the same way as with kids bath toys.
- Clean Vases. You know how vases tend to get that line of gunk at the water line? These tablets are good for getting rid of them. Put a tablet in the vase with water. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then cover the top of the vase with your hand and shake the water around in the vase. Pour out the water and rinse. I have tried this one with good results.
- Condiment Cruets. Clean these the same way as you do vases.
- Coffee Mugs. Mugs often get coffee stains in them. Put a tablet or two in the mug, fill with warm water and let it sit for an hour. Swish the water around and empty the mug. Rinse. You may have to run a sponge along it to get the stains up before rinsing. One mug, I had to do that but another mug only needed to be rinsed to remove the stain.
- Teapots and Coffee Decanters. These get the same type of stains as coffee mugs. Put 2 tablets and fill with hot water. Let them sit for an hour or two. Then wipe them out with a scrubby sponge and rinse. This worked well for my teapot.
- Thermos. Drop a tablet into the thermos and fill with warm water. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then put the top on and shake vigorously for about 5 seconds. Empty and rinse. I don’t own a thermos so I haven’t tried this.
- Toilets. I read about someone who said she got the rust stains out of her toilet and she didn’t even scrub. She just put 4 tablets in the toilet and let it sit overnight. Then she flushed the toilet in the morning and the stains were gone. I have rust stains on one of my toilets so I decided to give this a try. It did remove some stains but not all. However, once I got out the toilet brush and scrubbed, they disappeared when they never did before with scrubbing. So you will need a little elbow grease but it does work.
- Porcelain Tubs and Sinks. Fill with hot water and add 4 tablets to a sink, 8 tablets to a tub and let it sit overnight. In the morning, let the water out and rinse. Stains should be gone but if there are any lingering stains, they will be much easier to scrub off.
- Retainers, Teeth Guards and Other Removable Dental Gear. Check with your dentist to be sure it’s okay for your appliance, but denture cleaner tablets work great for cleaning dental gear and it leaves them smelling minty fresh. I haven’t tried this as I have no dental gear to clean.
- Enamel and Glass Cookware. Put 2-3 tablets in the pan and add hot water. Let it soak for a few hours. I tried this on my glass baking dish and it did make the burnt on gunk much easier to get off.
- Stainless Steel Cookware. I tried this on 2 of my stainless steel pots. One had some rice remnants stuck to the bottom. The other had a lot of burnt food stains on the bottom. I put 2 tablets in each of them, added hot water and let them soak overnight.
- Add 3 tablets to your load of whites instead of bleach. It’s much less harsh than bleach but still does a great job getting things white. I got this tip from Tristan from The Middle Aged Woman Who Lived in a Shoe and it really works well. In fact I think I’ll save the rest of my denture tablets just for my white loads of laundry.
The first pot with the stuck on food rinsed clean the next morning. I didn’t need to do anything other than rinse it. Here’s a before and after picture for it.
It’s got some weird shadows that makes it looked stained but, trust me, it’s clean.
The second pot with the burnt on food was harder to get clean.
As you can see above, this is how the pot looked before the denture cleaning tablets.
Here it is after it soaked all night. Not much difference.
I left the solution right in the pot and scrubbed it out. It did come out easier than if I hadn’t soaked it at all but I still had to use some elbow grease to get it clean.
So my feelings on using it to get your stainless steel cookware clean are mixed. It did work but I think I will stick with my Barkeepers Friend for cleaning them. Besides there are so many things I can use these denture tablets for, I don’t need to use it for the stainless steel. Still it’s nice to know I can use the tablets in a pinch.
Okay, that’s all the uses for denture cleaning tablets that I can come up with. If you have found a way to use these that I haven’t listed, please leave me a comment and let me know.
Or if you liked this post, let me know that too. I need the encouragement!
Article by Cathy Ratcliffe