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2X4: Four Club Soda Tricks

Club soda gets along famously with a little vodka and a lime, but this carbonated drink can be used beyond happy hour, too. For less than a dollar a bottle, you can clean all over your house! Here are four of our favorite tricks:

Photo 2: West Elm

Give Your Plants Nutrients. If you’re not exactly a plant whisperer, club soda is going to change your life! Instead of using plain ole water, use club soda to quench your houseplants thirst. The nutrients in the club soda – sodium citrate, potassium sulfate and sodium bicarbonate, among others – will enrich your plants’ soil and cause them to grow tall and strong. It’s like steroids for your plants, but legal and without the nasty side effects.

Clean Stained Carpets. If you got a little excited while drinking wine and happened to spill a bit, you don’t have to bear the shame of a scarlet carpet forever! Instead, remove the stain with club soda. As soon as you notice the stain, pour club soda on the area to dilute the red wine. Blot the club soda with a paper towel or clean cloth (do not rub). Rinse the club soda with cold water and continue blotting up the stain. If the stain is especially stubborn, sprinkle the area with baking soda, and vacuum.

Photo 3: Shakaroff | Etsy

Shine Gemstones. You may think your jewelry is clean, but it can probably be a little cleaner! Gemstones lose their sparkle and shine over time, so they probably aren’t nearly as brilliant as they used to be. Soak your diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds in club soda – the carbonation will restore their shine. For best results, let your stones soak in the soda overnight. Note: October babies, keep your opals far from this mixture! The same goes for pearls and turquoise – the carbonation will eat away your precious, porous stones! 

Loosen Stuck Nuts And Bolts. If you’ve ever come across a rusty bolt you need to remove, you know it’s no picnic. If you’re fresh out of WD-40, grab a cheap bottle of club soda and pour it liberally over the rusted nut and bolt. The carbonation in the water helps bubble the rust away, so it will be loose enough to turn. If you want to actually remove the rust stains, all you need is some table salt and lemon juice

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