We've all been there, we've all done it - Taken out the delicious soda bottle from the fridge, thrown it on the couch, sat next to it only then to realize, that the throw has shaken it and we now have to wait until the pressure has cleared or we are in for an entire afternoon of cleaning.

What is the fastest way to depressurize a shaken bottle that contains carbonated beverage?


Swap it for one still in the fridge, and walk away.

There is no way to "calm down" a soda quickly after it's been shaken; it'll take a minimum of an hour or so sitting quietly in refrigeration of the carbon dioxide to redissolve and the pressure inside the bottle or can return to its normal value.

The closest I've ever been able to come is to open the bottle very, very VERY slowly. And if it's badly shaken, this may only result in getting a soda shower.

  • You might want to add a reference about tapping the can not working. I was going to post an answer, suggesting it but found lots of references that it does not work. Making your answer the best one I can imagine. Jun 29 '20 at 18:26
  • @JamesJenkins The OP specificallty asked about a bottle, making can references irrelevant. I never believed tapping, tab-snapping, or other vibrations likely to do anything but make the soda inside the can even angrier -- but that's referential only to cans, not bottles.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Jun 29 '20 at 18:30
  • That would be the infamous John Dorian Three Tap Method Jun 30 '20 at 13:56
  • Tapping [can or bottle] frees up any bubbles stuck to the sides, re-gaining a slight air-gap at the top. This will give any new foam more headroom. It's not perfect but it can be very very slightly beneficial. [QI covered it recently, can't find an easy link]
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 30 '20 at 18:14

Turn it upside down

Turn the bottle upside down, keep it there for maybe 20 seconds, then slowly turn it right side up, and open. This is an old waiter's trick for use with accidentally-shaken champagne bottles... I assume it will work for soda too.

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