There are dozens of alternative uses for Coca-Cola. While Coca-Cola doesn’t directly endorse or advise alternative uses, the company notes that it makes a mean basted ham. It also doesn’t denounce that Coca-Cola can be used as a cleaner on various household items.
Clean your toilet bowl
That’s right. The fizzy drink can actually remove hard-to-clean stains on the inside of a toilet bowl. You can either pour cola directly onto the stains themselves or cover the entire inside of the bowl by putting cola into a spray bottle and spraying on a light coating. Letting the cola sit for several hours will improve its effectiveness. Before flushing, use a toilet brush to scrub away the stains and flush.
Remove grease stains from clothing
You may have heard of other solutions for removing a grease stain from clothing, such as spraying the stain with WD-40. That said, Coke has grease-busting abilities too, thanks to the phosphoric acid in the drink.
All you need to do is pop open a can of cola and pour it in with your laundry, along with the normal dose of detergent and run a wash cycle. To fight even tougher stains, apply the cola directly to the stain and let it soak for up to 30 minutes before tossing it in a regular wash cycle.
Remove baked-on grease from pots and pans
Thanks to its effectiveness as a grease remover, you can also use Coke to help remove baked-on grease from your pots and pans.
For a pot or saucepan, add a can of Coke to it and set it on a burner on low heat. Leave it for 30 minutes to an hour, then remove from heat. Use a scouring pad to scrub away the grime. This method can be used to remove foods, which have stuck during cooking, such as rice, pasta or eggs, but it will still require a little elbow grease with a scouring pad.
Remove corrosion from car batteries
Corrosion buildup on a car battery’s terminals can cause problems when trying to start the vehicle.
Coca-Cola removes corrosion from battery terminals quite effectively. Simply crack open a can and carefully pour over the terminals. After letting it sit for a few minutes, use a toothbrush to scrub the corrosion away. Remember to rinse the terminals with some warm water later.
Restore shine to coins and jewellery
Coins and jewellery that have started to gather an unsightly tarnish can be cleaned with nothing more than a can of Coke.
If, for some reason, you care about how shiny your pocket change is, simply drop the grimy coins in a Coke bath and leave them overnight. In the morning, pour the Coke down the drain, rinse the coins in warm water and pat them dry.
It’s wise to be cautious when trying this on jewelry, as the acid in Coke can also strip paint and rust off metal if left long enough. Remove the jewellery and promptly rinse.
Remove bugs from a dirty windshield
That’s right, Coke can cut through those impossible-to-remove, caked-on bug remains from your car’s windshield after a long road trip. Lightly pour Coke on the parts of your windshield you intend to clean, let it sit for a minute and wipe away with a wet washcloth.
You definitely don’t want to let this sit for an extended period of time, else you risk it damaging your car’s paint job. But in a pinch, Coke works wonders on bugs stuck on your windshield and bumper.
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