Help! My Bottle of Soda's All Shaken Up: Preventing Coke Explosions

Updated on December 11, 2019
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This article will provide some tips about what to do if your soda can or bottle gets all shaken up and you want to drink it without the contents exploding all over the place.
This article will provide some tips about what to do if your soda can or bottle gets all shaken up and you want to drink it without the contents exploding all over the place. | Source

We've all been there. You're feeling a bit thirsty, and you head to the fridge to grab a soda. You pick up your drink but a little bit of condensation loosens your grip on the bottle or can, and it clatters to the floor. This is your worst-case soda pop scenario: you want your beverage, but if you open it up, it's going to spew suds all over the place. What can you do?

Well, it turns out, there's a lot! Here are some great tips to avoid soda exploding from the bottle or can you can use in your everyday life.

We've all been the victim of a soda can explosion at some point in our lives.
We've all been the victim of a soda can explosion at some point in our lives.

Dealing With Shaken Cans of Soda

There's a super-simple trick to keeping a soda can from exploding after it's been shook up. After you've dropped the can or rolled it down the stairs or whatever the heck you've done to thoroughly rile up your drink, here's an easy to remember tip.

Take your can of Coke or Pepsi or even beer and set it down on any flat surface the way you normally would. Just drum your fingers across the top for about 10 or 15 seconds and, BOOM! It's good. No suds, no explosions, no nothing. But how?

The carbonation that builds up into bubbles when soda is shaken will rush to the top and sides of the container holding it, just itching to get out. By tapping the top, you help break up and disperse these bubbles.

Do yourself a favor, though. Open it in front of the sink just in case, OK?

Opening shaken-up soda bottles can be a little trickier than cans, but you can still manage to do so without the soda spraying everywhere.
Opening shaken-up soda bottles can be a little trickier than cans, but you can still manage to do so without the soda spraying everywhere.

What to Do When Your Soda Bottle Is Shaken

Dealing with a shaken soda bottle is a little different from a can ready to blow. There's less area along the top to "tap" to remove the pressure you've built up. That's OK, though! There are other options that will work just as well.

First, go ahead and tap around the the sides near the top. Go all the way around the curved part near the top of the bottle just below where the cap is screwed. This probably won't be sufficient, though. There's too much area compared to a can to really remove the bubbles.

To make sure your soda bottle doesn't explode when you open it, just slowly, slowly, so, so slowly open the cap. Turn it a little crack, and you'll hear the hiss of gas escaping. You might even notice bubbles roiling below the surface. However, if you've opened it juuuuust enough, no liquid will be able to escape. After about 15 seconds, start to open up the bottle just a little bit more. Wait another 20 seconds, and then open the whole thing.

Usually, this'll be more than enough to keep the bottle from blowing soda all over your home. Once again, keep it safe and open the afflicted bottle over the kitchen sink though.


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      Fucky Ducky 

      4 months ago

      liked yo coke explosion

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      Man of bats 

      4 months ago

      Helps a lot thanks

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      5 months ago

      another way to stop it is to flick the sides hard enough to release the carbonation

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      5 months ago

      is there any other way.

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      13 months ago

      It's annoying stop or i will saue you

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      14 months ago

      works good

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      16 months ago

      jump out the window

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      17 months ago

      Miguel was a normal 18 year old guy, just starting to begin exploring the adult world and how work and others worked. He had a full life ahead of him. (...) But on that faithful day, he needed to disarm a bomb. His friend was in panic, he didn't knew what to do, but Miguel did... or at least he thought he could. (...) He picked up the bottle. The Cola was ready to burst out in a raging and violent explosion. (...) And thus, with his final inhale and exhale, Miguel puts his hand over the bottle's cap and...

      The next day, everyone was at the church, mourning for his body, because his soul was now resting above the clouds...

      Rip Miguel, "It's never ogre" was his last message. [ F ]

      (And rip my god damn clothes too, i just had laundry yesterday!)

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      19 months ago

      cool i like this it helps me do my Science fair project!

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      Kieran from se8 

      19 months ago

      Tried after I dropped can's of beer

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      21 months ago

      i love this idea it worked good thanks.

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      23 months ago


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      2 years ago

      If it is a boodle of coke tap it for 1 minute. then open it and stir it with a straw. This is recommended from a lot of site online.

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      Ross B 

      3 years ago

      This worked on a hopped up two-liter just now. Thank you!

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      Peter V 

      7 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great tip! I have tried a few variations, such as tapping on the sides, but tapping on top seems to work the best! Voted up!


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