DIY Easy Instant Drink Cooler

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DIY Easy Instant Drink Cooler
Common household items can create a chemical reaction that will instantly cool beverages. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Chilling a beverage quickly requires an environment that literally sucks heat from the beverage. By placing a beverage container in a cooler, the difference in temperatures slowly cools the drink to the surrounding temperature. But if you want to drop the temperature of a drink container suddenly, the best means is to create an endothermic reaction that removes heat energy via a chemical reaction.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1 qt. Plastic container
  • Bottled or canned beverage
  • 1 qt. of vinegar
  • Box of baking soda
  • 1 qt. of water
  • Tablespoon

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  1. 1

    Place the beverage to be cooled inside the 1 quart plastic container. It may be helpful to perform this in the sink, or outdoors where any liquid which spills does not harm the surrounding surfaces.

  2. 2

    Fill the plastic bucket approximately 1/4 full with water

  3. 3

    Continued filling the bucket with vinegar until the bucket is approximately 3/4 full. Use a spoon to mix the water, vinegar solution thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Add 2 tbsp baking soda to the water/vinegar solution. This solution will immediately erupt as carbon dioxide is given off as a result of the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar. This endothermic reaction cools the water as the carbon dioxide gas is emitted

  5. 5

    Check the beverage to see if it has cooled sufficiently once the reaction stops. If you desire to drop the temperature further, repeat the process.

Tips and warnings

  • The carbon dioxide gas emitted by this chemical reaction is not harmful in any way. Carbon dioxide is a naturally occurring chemical compound.
  • Wear safety glasses and gloves whenever handling chemicals of any type, including household chemicals.

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