Ok, I confess to occasionally watching “Queer Eye for the Straight
Guy” - one of my guiltier pleasures on the rare occasion when I
actually watch TV.
The other night, in the little style tips at the end, there was a
comment about making your cufflinks sparkle by dropping them in a
glass of water with some Alka-Seltzer tablets.
I’ve heard of using denture cleaner, but not anything like
alka-seltzer. The active ingredients are:
- “heat-treated” sodium bicarbonate
- citric acid
In water, it basically becomes “sodium citrate” and “sodium
Now I realize that citric acid can be used as pickle… is that
what’s going on here? or is there some additional chemical magic in
this formula that makes it work? Will it work on both gold and
This is just the type of tip I like to be able to give clients…
like the baking soda/aluminum foil tip for cleaning silver. But I
also like to understand the science behind it a bit.