12 Problem-Solving Uses for Club Soda

Club soda can be used for cleaning, to help shuck and oyster and more.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

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 the recipes. You’ll be amazed at how light and fluffy your breakfast treats turn out.

Give your plants a mineral bath Don’t throw out that leftover 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.

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.

Help shuck 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.

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.

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.

Restore hair color If your blond 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 color.

Tame your tummyy Cold club soda with a dash of bitters will work wonders on an upset stomach caused by indigestion or a hangover.

Clean countertops and fixtures Pour club soda directly on stainless steel countertops, ranges, 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.

Remove rust To loosen rusty nuts and bolts, pour some club soda over them. The carbonation helps to bubble the rust away.

Eliminate urine stains Did someone 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.

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.