Crafty in the Kitchen with SodaStream

Jet soda machineDo you love soda but want a healthier, greener alternative to high fructose corn syrup and empty bottles and cans that need to be recycled?

SodaStream is the perfect solution. With a SodaStream machine you can quickly and easily make soda right in the comfort of your home.

I received the Fountain Jet SodaStream machine for review. I have shied away from soda machines in the past because I thought they would be complicated. But boy was I wrong.

From out of the box to fresh soda took less than a half hour and that was with washing the bottle and reading the directions. It was so easy the kids could do it.

You can make the sodas exactly how you want them as you control the flavor and the fizz. When you are done rinse the bottle and make a new batch.

There are no bottles to throw away, no cans to recycle. The soda machines carbonates regualr tap water in reusable, BPA-free plastic or glass bottles. The process eliminates the need for plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

The average American household that has four soda drinkers will save about 2,000 bottles and cans from recycling centers and landfills every year by using a home soda making machine.

Here’s a description of the Jet from the SodaStream site:

The Jet soda maker comes in a range of bi-colored machines specially created to the colored pallete of any modern kitchen. Among the Jet features are: automatic access gas release mechanism, fits extra large carbonators – optional 100 liter aluminum cylinder, minimal space usage, customized carbonation level and easy to clean drip tray.

The SodaStream Sparkling Naturals line of mixes are made from all-natural ingredients. They contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners, and do not contain any preservatives. The Sparkling naturals line currently has lemon-lime, pink grapefruit, apple mango, and orange pineapple flavors.

Sodastream also offers regular and diet soda flavors like cola, cherry cola, root beer, cream soda, ice tea, lemonade and several other flavors. Even these soda syrups do not contain high fructose corn syrup or aspartame making them better than the average soda you buy at the store.

SodaStream also sells water flavors and energy drink flavors.

If you haven’t tried a home soda machine yet now is the time. Christmas is coming and you can always add it to your wish list or make it a family present. Start saving money and stop the pile up of water and soda bottles by making your own soda at home.

It’s a fun and crafty experience to make your own soda at home. I plan to order several more flavors to experiment.

Written by Wenona Napolitano

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book.

She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible.

Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and


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