12 Things To Do with Club Soda
If you’re only using club soda to mix a fancy cocktail, you’re only tapping a fraction of its potential. From preparing breakfast to removing rust, club soda is one of the most versatile ingredients in your housekeeping arsenal. Here’s how to put it to work!
12 extraordinary new uses for ordinary club soda
Fascinating facts about club soda…
Bubbling water has been associated with good health since the time of the ancient Romans, who enjoyed drinking mineral water almost as much as they liked bathing in it. The first club soda was sold in North America at the end of the 1700s. That’s when pharmacists figured out how to infuse plain water with carbon dioxide, which they believed was responsible for giving natural bubbling water health-inducing qualities. Club soda and seltzer are essentially the same. However, seltzer is a natural effervescent water (named for a region in Germany where it is plentiful) whereas club soda is manufactured.
1. Make pancakes and waffles fluffier
If you like your pancakes and waffles on the fluffy side, substitute club soda for the liquid called for in recipes. You’ll be amazed at how light and fluffy your breakfast treats turn out.
2. Give your plants a mineral bath
Don’t throw out that left over club soda. Use it to water your indoor and outdoor plants. The minerals in the soda water help green plants grow. For maximum benefit, try to water your plants with club soda about once a week.
3. Make light work of shucking oysters
If you love oysters but find shucking them to be a near-impossible chore, try soaking them in club soda before you shuck. The oysters won’t exactly jump out of their shells, but they will be much easier to open.
4. Clean kitchen countertops and fixtures
Pour club soda directly on stainless steel ovens, countertops and sinks. Wipe with a soft cloth, rinse with warm water, and wipe dry. To clean porcelain fixtures, simply pour club soda over them and wipe with a soft cloth. There’s no need for soap or rinsing, and the soda will not mar the finish. Give the inside of your refrigerator a good cleaning with a weak solution of club soda and a little bit of salt.
5. Clean your car windshield
Keep a spray bottle filled with club soda in the trunk of your car. Use it to help remove bird droppings and greasy stains from the windshield. The fizzy water speeds the cleaning process.
6. Restore your hair colour
If your blonde hair turns green when you swim in a pool with too much chlorine, don’t panic. Rinse your hair with club soda and it will change back to its original colour.
7. Clean precious gems
Soak your diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds in club soda to give them a bright sheen. Simply place them in a glass full of club soda and let them soak overnight.
8. Tame your tummy
Cold club soda with a dash of bitters will work wonders on an upset stomach caused by indigestion or a hangover.
9. Remove rust
To loosen rusty nuts and bolts, pour some club soda over them. The carbonation helps to bubble the rust away.
10. Eliminate Urine Stains
Did one of your four-legged friends have an accident? After blotting up as much urine as possible, pour club soda over the stained area and immediately blot again. The club soda will get rid of the stain and help reduce the foul smell.
11. Remove fabric stains
Clean grease stains from double-knit fabrics. Pour club soda on the stain and scrub gently. Scrub more vigorously to remove stains on carpets or less delicate articles of clothing.
12. Ease cast-iron cleanup
Food tastes delicious when it’s cooked in cast iron, but cleaning those heavy pots and pans with the sticky mess inside is no fun at all. You can make the cleanup a lot easier by pouring some club soda in the pan while it’s still warm. The bubbly soda will keep the mess from sticking.