May 20, 2022

Fun Facts About Soda You Didn’t Know

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Soda is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It comes in a multitude of flavors and is readily available at nearly any convenience store, grocery store, vending machine, or restaurant in the country. It is a great side to any meal and even functions as a home remedy for upset stomachs in some households. Check out these fun facts about soda you didn’t know to learn more about one of your favorite beverages.

Some sodas can remove rust stains

That’s right! Your favorite cola just might help you to get that rust stain out of your car’s bumper. The carbonation in the soda helps to dissolve the stain with the help of the oxides, which break up rust. This applies to more than just your car, as well—it may also work on rust-stained concrete, certain metals, and more.

It can fight stains

Soda that contains carbonation and citric acid—which is most sodas—can fight stains in your furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other fabrics. This is because citric acid has the ability to reduce the appearance of stains. Simply put a little dab of soda on a soft cloth and dab the stain until it disappears. Soda is a must-have addition to your laundry room’s stain-fighting arsenal.

The first carbonated drink dates back to the 1700s

Another fun fact you didn’t know about soda: It’s older than you think! A Swedish chemist named Joseph Priestley invented the first carbonated drink in 1767, completely by accident. However, credit for the mass production of soda typically goes to Jacob Schweppe, who created the process of carbonating water on a large scale in the late 1700s.

Soda is hard to ship

As with any liquid, there are serious struggles with transporting soda from its place of manufacture to its destination. There are many packaging challenges in the beverage industry. This led to manufacturers changing the containers of bottles and cans about every decade since the invention of soda, trying to find the best solution. Transporting soda is no easy feat. Currently, the process is to put full cans or bottles with the product, pack a fair amount of these cans or bottle into the same box with filler to protect it from breaking, and then wrapping multiple boxes of products together.

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