Your favorite bubbly beverage can do a lot more than quench your thirst. Check out these clever uses from First For Women.
1. Perk up fading houseplants
If you have a bottle of club soda that’s gone flat, set it out on the counter so it comes to room temperature, then use it to water your houseplants. The beverage contains nourishing minerals (like potassium bicarbonate, disodium phosphate, and sodium citrate) that will enrich the soil and help your potted plants flourish.
2. Get a rusty screw to turn
There’s no need to waste time struggling with a screw that doesn’t want to budge—simply pour club soda on it, then let it sit for 5 minutes before twisting again. The carbon dioxide that makes the beverage fizz will react with the rust and sediment buildup, bubbling it away so you can turn the hardware with ease.
3. Avoid a stuck-on-food nightmare
A hassle-free way to head off a post-dinner scrubbing battle with your pots and pans: While the cookware is still warm, pour in just enough club soda to cover the bottom, then let it sit while you eat. The carbon dioxide in the beverage will soften the food particles, keeping the mess from sticking, so washing will be a breeze.
4. Whip up fluffier flapjacks
Make a wow-worthy breakfast by substituting club soda for the water or milk in your favorite pancake and waffle recipes. The soda’s bubbles will aerate the batter to produce a light, fluffy stack. Bonus: You’ll save 140 calories for every cup of whole milk you cut out.
5. Polish chrome sans streaks or spots
To get bathroom fixtures sparkling, trade your old cleaner for club soda. Simply pour the liquid onto a clean, soft cloth and use to wipe down the metal. The soda’s carbonated molecules will fizz away grime without leaving lines or spots in its wake.
6. Erase stubborn mug stains
A daily tea fix can leave your mug with a hard-to-remove brownish tinge. The save: Fill the cup with club soda and let it sit overnight. The soda’s carbonic acid will eat away the stains, leaving your cup looking like new.
7. Turn gelatin into a dazzling dessert
The next time you make this classic treat, jazz it up by swapping club soda for cold water when dissolving the powder. The bubbles caused by the carbonation will add eye-catching sparkle to the dessert, plus give it a surprising fizzy kick. Tip: Use a flavored seltzer (like lemon-lime, cherry, or vanilla) to add extra zip.
8. Make old jewelry sparkle like new
Instead of splurging on pricey jewelry cleaners to get your gems gleaming again, place dulled pieces in a cup of club soda. The fizzy beverage will safely loosen dirt and oils. And since the bubbles can seep into every hard-to-reach crack and crevice, you won’t even have to scrub with a brush. Simply let them soak overnight, then gently dry them in the morning.
9. Effortlessly remove bird droppings
Hearing the birds chirping on a sunny morning is a treat. Heading out to your car and seeing their droppings on the windshield? Not so much. The easy fix: Pour club soda into a spray bottle and spritz on soiled areas. Let it sit for 1 minute, then wipe with a paper towel. The carbonation will dissolve the grime so it comes off with a single swipe. Bonus: Spritz your wiper blades to reduce streaking on rainy days.
10. Break a pet accident cycle
Even after thoroughly cleaning up your pet’s accident, you can still smell traces of urine on the carpet. To neutralize the odor so there won’t be a repeat occurrence, saturate the area with club soda and let sit for 5 minutes before blotting with paper towels. The soda minerals will safely deodorize the spot.