8 Things You Can Do With Alka-Seltzer

Do you happen to have any Alka-Seltzer in your stockpile?  Have you got any tough household stains or cleaning issues?  Well here are eight somewhat surprising things you can do with Alka-Seltzer, in addition to making your tummy feel better!

Polish Your Jewelry – Put two tablets in a glass of water and immerse your jewelry for two minutes.  Remove, rinse and pat dry.

Make Your Own Cleaner – Dissolve three tablets in a spray bottle with 8 ounces of water then use it to clean bathtubs, counters and the microwave after the fizzing stops.

Deep Clean Vases – Vases often have water ring stains on the inside, but you can remove them easily by filling with warm water and dropping in two tablets for an hour.

Remove Burn Marks From Cookware – Fill cookware or a dishpan (if stains are on the outside) with warm water, drop in 4 or 5 tablets and let sit for an hour.

Clean The Toilet – Once or twice a week you can drop two tables into the toilet bowl, wait fifteen minutes then do a quick swish with the brush and flush.

Unclog A Drain – Put three tablets in the clogged drain and pour a cup of very hot water over them.  Wait a few minutes for the fizzing to settle down then run the hot water over the drain.

Clean The Coffee Maker – Dissolve two tablets in the coffee pot then run the water through a brew cycle to clean out the tubes and other interior components.  Do a brew cycle with plain water to rinse before making coffee.

Build Rockets – Once all the cleaning is done you can entertain the kids by going out to the yard to make a rocket out of an empty film canister.  Put half a tablet in the canister then fill half way with warm water.  Replace the lid and set it down on the lid.  Stand back and watch as it flies into the air!


Tuesday Tips: Inexpensive Pizza Stone

We absolutely adore homemade pizza around here and I always know that the kids will eat it, plus it’s super easy to make a bunch all at once and freeze the extras.  To make the best tasting pizzas we like to cook them on pizza stones, unfortunately at $25 to $45 each it’s pretty expensive to get one and we really needed more than one so I looked for an alternative and found out that Mexican Saltillo tiles work just as well and you can get them for around $1-$2 each at your local home improvement store.

Be sure to check the boxes the tile came in and get authentic Saltillo tile as it is safe for cooking because it’s unglazed, made of only clay and water, and then fired in a wood burning kiln.  For best results place the dry tiles in a cold oven and heat to 450 or 500 degrees then slide the pizzas on to bake.


Tuesday Tips: How to Save on Milk

Even though my kids are so close together in age (the quads are five and my oldest is six), it’s amazing how different they are and how much their tastes vary.  My two identical boys are even completely different – for example, one will only drink milk and the other will only drink grape or apple juice, no exceptions for either of them!  Well yesterday we ran out of milk and when my son started crying for some I broke down and paid a whopping $6 for a gallon from the closest convenience store, inspiring today’s episode of Tuesday Tips – How to Save on Milk!

Shop Around – you’ll need to look around to find the best deals on milk in your area.  Check with warehouse stores like Sam’s Club and Costco, or your local discount grocery store, but also keep an eye out for drugstore sales that often run loss leader promotions to bring in customers.

Pick the Cheapest Brand – most stores carry more than one brand of milk and there is nothing wrong with always picking the cheapest.  Also check to be sure which size is cheapest per ounce.  Sometimes half gallon sizes might be on a better sale, or you may be able to pick up a two-pack on special.

Switch to Low Fat or Skim – the higher the fat content in the milk the more expensive it is, so switching to a lower fat variety can save you money and it has the added benefit of being healthier as well.

Stock Up & Freeze It – when you do manage to find a great deal on milk buy an extra gallon or two and freeze it!  The lower fat varieties freeze best, just remove a little bit from the jug before freezing to allow for expansion.  When you’re ready to use the milk allow it to thaw completely and shake well to redistribute the milk fat.

Make Your Own Chocolate Milk – don’t pay extra for pre-mixed chocolate milk.  The price increase over regular white milk is substantial and you can cheaply and easily make your own with chocolate syrup or powdered mixes.


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