Club soda, that bubbly constituent of Tom Collinses and ice cream sodas, is made up of water, carbon dioxide, and minerals like sodium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate. (Seltzer water has the same fizz of carbonation that club soda has, but lacks the minerals contained in club soda.) The same bubbles and minerals that make club soda so refreshing have other uses around the home—they help break up food particles, dirt, and rust, and can make some of your favorite foods even tastier. Here’s why you should always keep a few extra bottles of club soda on hand.
Deodorize Pet Stains in Carpet
Pet accidents can leave a lingering smell on your carpeted surfaces, even after the mess has been cleaned up. To neutralize the odor, pour some club soda on the soiled spot and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Blot the area dry with a paper towel, and you’ll forget Fido ever mussed the rug.
Polish Chrome Fixtures
Try wiping your chrome bathroom fixtures with a little club soda poured onto a cloth. The fizzy drink will break up the soap scum and other gunk—and won't leave unsightly water spots, either.
Loosen a Rusty Screw
If you’ve got a rusty screw that won’t budge, pour a little club soda on it and let it sit for a few minutes. Try to turn the screw again. The fizz should have loosened up some of the built-up rust, allowing the screw to turn more easily so you won't have to struggle with your screwdriver.
Make Scrubbing Easier
Soften Stains on Porcelain
Banish Grease on Clothing
Shine Stainless Steel
Clean Your Windshield
Your car windshield endures lots of abuse from mud, road salt, bug splatters, and bird droppings. Keep a spray bottle filled with club soda in your car, and use it to clean your windshield whenever the gunk accumulates. The carbonated fizz in club soda breaks up the dirt, speeding up the cleaning process.
Make Your Mirrors Sparkle
Give Your Plants a Boost
Club soda gets its fizz from carbon dioxide, which escapes as a gas after the can or bottle is opened, causing the soda to go flat. When your soda loses its sparkle, don't just dump it out. Instead, use it to water your houseplants to give the soil a bit of a mineral boost, leaving you with healthy and fast-growing greenery.
Help Your Hair
Save Important News
To keep sentimental newspaper clippings from cracking and fading, simply soak them in a mixture of club soda and milk of magnesia. Combine a quart or so of club soda with 2 tablespoons of milk of magnesia, and let the mixture rest overnight. Pour the liquid into a shallow baking dish and leave the newspaper to soak for an hour or two before drying it on a clean towel. (Test your mixture on some unimportant papers, of course, before tackling family heirlooms.)
Add Sparkle to Gems
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, club soda should be her favorite drink. Soaking precious gems in club soda can make them shinier and dislodge dirt from the crevices of jewelry settings. Dunk your diamonds in club soda for a few hours (or overnight), buff them with a clean rag, and you’re good as gold.
Fluff Up Foods
Many bubbes swear that adding a little club soda or seltzer to matzo balls makes the balls fluffier—floaters, they call them, not sinkers. These grandmas know what they’re talking about! The carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks provides the same lift to pancakes, waffles, and tempura batter.
Unclog a Drain
You may have heard that baking soda and vinegar, followed by boiling water, can unclog a slow drain. The combination of club soda mixed with salt can break up gunk and grease, too! Mix 2 tablespoons of salt and a couple cups of club soda before pouring into your sink. Allow the mixture to work its magic for a few minutes before flushing the drain with boiling water.
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