15 Dissolving Products That Might Just Solve Some Of Your Problems
The Alka-Seltzer slogan “plop plop fizz fizz oh what a relief it is” suddenly applies to so many products.
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pack of Affresh tablets to make sure the thing making your dishes clean is also clean.
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Affresh cleaning tablets! Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher, due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in Good Housekeeping magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, per instructions, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! The glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I am amazed!" — Sheila
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$2.99 or a six-pack for $11.98.
Electrolyte tablets that'll turn any boring ol' water into cool sports water. Use this while exercising or to help avoid a hangover.
My friend loves these things for hangover avoidance. She made me drink one after a long night of drinking and I woke up without a hangover. I imagine they're also good for sports-related activities as well!
Promising review: "I really like Nuun. It's easy to carry with me on the bike because the tablets are in small plastic tubes. So, super convenient. Nuun provides me with the electrolytes I need without all of the sugar found in other brands. The high concentration of sugar in other brands would upset my stomach and sometimes have me running to the nearest port-a-potty. Nuun has never upset my stomach. The taste is good too. Nuun gets the hydration job done." — pax3
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Garbage disposal cleaner that's not only easy to use, but also very entertaining.
Here's what you do: Run some hot water, pop one of the packets in your disposer, let it foam, then wait for the foam to fully disappear. Garbage disposer = clean and ickiness free.
Promising review: "WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE???! Holy cow, I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. I didn't know that there was an actual disposal cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. I had to try it. The instructions are very simple. It literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILA! you have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Any time I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of these packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus, the blue foam bubbling in the sink was amusing to watch. Worth every penny!!" — VadersGirl
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Toothpaste tabs great for travelers or people who just hate how icky tubes of toothpaste can get.
Promising review: "Feels like such a small amount per tablet compared to a glob of paste, but these little tabs are mighty! After use, your teeth feel all polished. I have extreme sensitivity, so I need fluoride. There aren't many options for that in a tab, so I was happy to find these. I use a prescription fluoride toothpaste at night, and one of these tabs in the morning to start my day. It's a perfect combo! And, as a total bonus, they've also whitened my teeth! Get 'em! 👍👍" — JemBravo
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Airborne vitamin C tablets that turn into a fizzy drink to help keep your immune system strong. Open office plans are great (for germs).
Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. My wife is an ER nurse and she rarely ever gets sick! Why? Cause she takes this every other day! I take it less often but should take it more. It is a miracle potion to prevent and cure sicknesses. Should be consumed every winter at least twice a week!" — Ryan
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pack of Bottle Bright tablets you're sure to take a shine to once you see how shiny and bright they make all your oldest and grossest bottles look.
They're chlorine-free and environmentally safe! They work on stainless-steel bottles, plastic, glass, porcelain, and silicone. Just put a tablet in with warm water, let fizz for about half an hour, rinse, and admire your freshly clean container.
Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when it was new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" — Robert A Moreno II
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$8 (also available in a pack of 32).
Big ol' enzyme pacs that fight through grease, fats, oils, paper, and organic matter to keep your sewer line clear. It's basically like flushing a tiny plumber down your toilet once a month.
Promising review: "Before you splurge on a plumber or septic company, you HAVE TO TRY THESE. We bought our home in November and in March our toilets starting 'gurgling' and losing water when the washing machine would drain. Over the next few weeks, they gurgled more and more — when the dishwasher drained or we took a shower. I did a lot of research and none of the potential problems were going to be cheap to fix. Everything I read required having professionals come diagnose and repair our plumbing issue. I bought these and prayed for the best. I was SHOCKED. After one month, the toilets hardly made any more gurgling noises or lost water. After using these for three months now, the problem has 100% disappeared. I can't imagine the $ we saved by simply adding enzymes to our septic tank! :) Added bonus: Our 8-year-old enjoys flushing the packet down the toilet each month, lol." — Jamie Smith
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Mouthwash tablets to keep your breath fresh while traveling. A lil' jar is way easier to get through airport security than a giant bottle of liquid.
Just a heads-up: This stuff doesn't have fluoride so it's made for fresh breath, not strong teeth. That said, it's vegan and cruelty-free, made with natural flavors, and handmade in the UK.
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$14.50+ (available in three flavors).
Cocktail sugar cubes that'll get you mimosas in mere minutes.
Just drop the cubes right into champagne and poof! Mimosas and bellinis on the spot. The peaches and berries combo comes with peach, raspberry, and strawberry. The cirrus trio comes with Arcadia orange, grapefruit, and lemon. There are little bits of fruit in each cube. You get six cubes in each flavor.
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Just drop a tablet into water, let it dissolve, then add your desired liquor (if you want a boozy drink).
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Dental cleaning tablets to clean your retainer, dentures, or mouth guard in under 30 minutes. Say goodbye to that gross toothbrush you used to use every morning.
I also use these to clean mold off my toothbrush holder! It's pretty much good for any small items with hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.
Promising review: "Bought this based on the reviews and I gotta say it 100% works. I had my Invisalign retainers for 10 years and was placing them in a cup of water with mouthwash. Over time, the retainers got gunked up and started turning my retainers with a brown tint that couldn't be removed even with brushing. I was thinking about replacing my retainers until I came across this product and gave it a shot. At first, the first tablet did clean it some and removed a lot of the brown tinting from my retainers. But after a couple of my uses, my retainers are crystal clear again. It removed 10 years of filth in a couple of treatments. I highly recommend this product if you want to keep your retainers clean." — Herman L.
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Shower steamers that promise to help with sinus relief from colds and allergies. Just place once in the corner of your shower and let them release sweet relief into your steamy shower.
Place these on the floor of your shower, away from direct water. They'll slowly dissolve for 5–10 minutes. The tablets have a blend of eucalyptus and two different types of peppermint essential oils to help you feel better.
Promising review: "I used one of the shower steamers and almost automatically felt relieved. It made a ton of drainage come out of my nose with no effort and helped relieve my sinus pressure. Definitely recommend." — Sarah Carlile
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pack of cleaner-spewing bears you essentially dunk in your toilet's tank and let get to work. It'll clean your toilet with each use for up to 600 flushes.
The bears have cleaner blocks inside them that dissolve slowly in the tank's water. Every flush brings the cleaner into the bowl to give it a lil' refresher.
Promising review: "They smell very nice and turn water blue with a slight aroma that stays in the bathroom. I've been using these toilet tablets for a week. The color of the water is the same as it was on the first day. The toilet tablet lasted for around four weeks. I didn't clean toilets while tablets were in use, not even a water ring appeared for that time. So, I believe these tablets actually work." — kevin
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A set of
laundry machine cleaning tablets for hitting the reset button on the appliance we probably always forget to clean. Toss in a pod, start a wash cycle, and let it do all the *heavy lifting* of penetrating and dissolving residue.
Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted, for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build-up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh. I highly recommend this to everyone." — Kelli Crawford
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cauldron bath bomb that serves two purposes: 1. creates a lovely potion to simmer in and 2. tells you what Hogwarts house you belong to! Once you dissolve the cauldron, it reveals a house pin.
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