How do you like your soda water? Ove ice and a slice, with a dash of lime cordial, or perhaps just as it comes?
Well, Expert Home Tips are here to reinvent how you serve your soda water. We've gathered 17 incredible uses for soda water that can be used all around your home - I can't wait to share them with you.
Soda water is cheap, easy to get hold of and extremely versatile - its carbonated properties give it impressive cleaning powers that you won't be able to get enough of!
Start using soda water in these brand new ways for better cleaning results than ever.
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1. Get rid of tea stains on mugs
It's endless cups of tea that help me get through the working day, so I'm no stranger to tough tea stains.
They soon build up, and can be surprisingly stubborn to remove when they do. You'll be pleased to hear there's an easy way to remove tea stains, that doesn't involve even a second of scrubbing - soda water!
Pour into stained mugs, leave for at least half an hour, then wipe clean - easy.
2. Uses for soda water in baking
Are your pancakes falling flat? An easy way to make the perfect, fluffy pancakes is to substitute some milk for soda water.
The carbonation lifts and lightens the batter so they come out much airier than with a standard mix.
Don't wait for next Pancake Day - try this tip for dessert today!
3. Make window cleaning easier
Bird muck, squished bugs and other debris can be surprisingly difficult to lift off of window screens.
You could get the hose, brush and sponge out, but that sounds like rather a lot of effort, doesn't it? Especially when there's a much simpler solution.
Use soda water to remove tough marks on your window screen. Splash it on over, leave to sit, then wipe off with a sponge - that's the easiest car wash I've ever done!
4. Nourish your plants with soda water
Soda water isn't just any old water. Not only is it carbonated to give it the fizziness we so love, but minerals are also added. These can include sodium chloride, potassium sulphate and disodium phosphate.
These additions supply your plants with more nourishment that standard water. If your soda water starts to go flat, don't throw it out, use it to water your garden instead.
5. Uses for soda water in your cleaning routine
Wow, these uses for soda water just keep on coming!
We've covered most natural stain removers out there on our blog - how did we miss soda water?
Soda water is a relatively new discovery of ours, but I think it may just be my favourite natural cleaning product yet.
Not only is soda water extremely cheap and something most of us have at home, but it's really effective at lifting stains.
For best results, rinse the stain with soda water before it has a chance to dry, then blot with a clean cloth. Follow this with your usual stain treatment and wash cycle.
Take a look at my article, Get rid of these 15 REALLY annoying stains in a flash, to learn how to get rid of the most common stains quickly and easily.
6. Soothe a tummy ache naturally
What do you turn to when you're stomach's sore? Hot water bottles always seem to help me, but now it's getting warmer it's not a very practical solution.
Soda water can be a great remedy for tummy aches. This is thanks to the carbonation which encourages the release of gas, thereby reducing indigestion. The addition of sodium bicarbonate helps to neutralise excess stomach acids, which could be the cause of your stomach woes!
7. Soda water is a low-calorie drink that's actually good for you
I still have more uses for soda water to share with you - this is one of my personal favourites.
We all know that fizzy drinks aren't good for us. Rumours are, the diet varieties could be even worse.
This is not good news if you're trying to lose weight. All is not lost, however. Next time you're shopping, pick up a bottle of soda water. Add a drop of natural fruit cordial, some frozen fruit or infuse with a mix of your favourite summer herbs and vegetables like mint and cucumber for a refreshing treat.
Now that definitely beats a standard lime and soda!
8. How to use soda water for cleaning your jewellery
Jewellery can add a wonderful sparkle to any outfit - when it's clean that is! Wear dull gems, and your whole outfit will look duller as result.
Professional jewellery cleaning can be pretty expensive - why pay, when you can just use soda water?
The carbonated drink loosens and removes grime and dirt to leave your accessories sparkling. Leave to soak in a bowl with a couple of drops of washing up liquid for five minutes. Remove, gently scrub with a toothbrush then rinse.
9. Natural hair remedies with soda water
If you've ever dyed your hair, you'll know how quickly it can become dry and brittle. A quick dip in the pool or day in the sun, and you're left with lacklustre locks.
Use soda water to bring them back to life. The low pH levels help to reduce frizz, leaving your hair looking shiny and feeling soft.
10. How to make perfect scrambled eggs
There's nothing worse than stodgy, dry scrambled eggs. Look away from the pan for a minute, and that's what you could end up with - unless you add soda water that is!
Just as with cakes and other bakes, substituting some soda water for milk will give your scrambled eggs a lift you never knew was possible.
What a perfect excuse to make cooked breakfast this weekend.
11. Uses for soda water extend to your furniture
Do you struggle to get your mirrors truly clean? The kind of clean that doesn't involve even the smallest smudge or streak?
If you answered yes, you absolutely need to try soda water. Pour it into a spray bottle, spray over mirrors and wipe dry with a soft cloth. Your mirrors will look the best you've ever seen them, and your reflection will too - what a great tip!
If you're a tea -lover too, try some of my 15 ways to recycle used tea bags that will make you love tea more than ever.
12. Clean cast iron pans naturally
Cast iron pans are great for so many things. We rely on them so much in our kitchen - it's no wonder they end up in a bit of a state.
If you're struggling to remove the remnants of all that deliciousness, soda water could be your saviour.
Pour it in whilst the pan is still hot, and it will bubble away, gently working to remove all the leftover mess and preventing it from sticking.
13. Remove urine stains from the carpet using soda water
Puppies may be cute, but the stains they leave on the carpet sure aren't.
You'll be happy to hear I have another solution for you to try to lift those smelly urine stains.
Blot up as much of the stain as you can first, then pour your soda water on over. It will remove the stain whilst also counteracting the unpleasant smell.
If you liked this tip, you should definitely check out 19 of the best cleaning tricks for pet owners.
14. How to make fizzy jelly
Have your ever tried champagne jelly? It has such a deliciously light, bubbly texture that's just perfect for Summer months.
Why not try making a cheaper version for your next Summer BBQ? All you need is your normal gelatin dessert ingredients, but with the substitution of soda water for regular water.
Not only will it give your jelly a tongue-tingling fizz, but it will also give your dessert a sumptuous shine - magical, ey?
15. Use soda water to remove rust
If you want to know how to remove rust, look no further.
This is another way in which soda water really shines. To loosen rust and get nuts, bolts and metalware looking clean again, soak the items in soda water.
The carbonation helps to break down the rust and leaves items much cleaner.
16. The best natural cleaning product EVER!
Soda water is perhaps the most versatile cleaning product out there - it can also be used as a plain old surface cleaner on counter tops.
To give it a go, pour into a spray bottle, apply, then wipe clean with a microfibre cloth. It will leave your surfaces gleaming!
I hope these uses for soda water have impressed you as much as they did me. Do you have any more to share?