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20 Problem-Solving Uses for Club Soda

Think club soda is just a beverage or a stain remover? Think again!

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More than just a bubbly drink

Stumped about which drink you should order? Club soda is the perfect compromise between sugary soda and cold, refreshing water. It boasts the health benefits of H20 and the fizzy satisfaction of soda, so it's no wonder that it's the go-to drink of many. And besides just tasting good, club soda has many practical uses—some might even surprise you!

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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. Pssst: You might be messing up your pancakes if you make these mistakes.

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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. These clever uses for bananas will help you get the most out of your kitchen.

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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. Stubborn stain? Try these other methods.

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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.

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Clean precious gems

Soak 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. Or check out these other genius ways to clean your jewelry at home.

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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.

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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 may change back to its original color.

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Tame your tummy

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

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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.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest