5 surprising uses for sparkling water

Turns out, fizzy water isn't just for drinking.

Carbonated water can add a bit of 'zing' to your drinks, but it also has a whole heap of other handy household uses you probably didn't know about.

From cooking to the garden, read on for hacks and hints using fizzy water around the home.

Brilliant batters

If you've ever made lemonade scones, or used beer in your fish batter, you'll understand how carbonated liquid can enhance the crunch of your batter. Add some soda water to pancakes, waffles and even scrambled eggs, giving them the lift you never knew they needed.

Watering your plants

Yes, that's right. Caring for your plants with soda water will actually help them grow faster. A study by Colorado University found that the added minerals in carbonated water allow plants to absorb nutrients and grow faster than plants watered with regular H2o. And, if you use sparkling on green plants, they apparently grow greener.

Jewellery cleaner

Why pay for professional jewellery cleaning, when carbonated water can do the trick? Soda water removes stains and rust, so it even works on coins. Soak them in a SodaStream bottle and washing liquid for 10 minutes and see that grime just disappear.

Boil veggies faster

If you pop your veggies in sparkling water before you boil them, you'll be able to serve them faster. Soda water softens the vegetables, which mean they are easier to cook and require less boiling time. Less time cooking time means they will retain more vitamins and nutrients. A win-win situation!

Freshen up your hair colour

If you've gone swimming and found your blonde hair has a slight green tinge after being in the water, sparkling water can gently reverse the damage. Simply soak your hair in soda water to help restore the colour and you'll avoid using harsh chemicals.

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