Coca-Cola is the most popular drink in the world and has been around for over a century. It's enjoyed by millions around the world, but some enjoy it not by drinking it, but rather for a variety of other reasons. Here are 19 things you never thought you could do with Coke.
First: How to clean your toilet with nothing but cola!
1. Stain Remover
Don’t know how to get rid of a greasy stain? Soak it in Cola, scrub a little and immediately put it in the washing machine. The stain will be gone as if it was never there.
2. Remove Rust
Want to repaint metallic surfaces but don’t have a rust-removing spray? Dip a rag in Coke and scrub the rust away.
3. Eliminate Oil Spills
If oil has leaked from your car, messing your garage floor or driveway, you can pour Coke over the spill, scrub with a broom and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash the stain away.
4. Loosen a Rusty Screw
Coke is effective at removing rust. So if you’re stuck with a rusty screw that won’t budge, just pour some Coke over it and try unscrewing it. Within seconds, the screw will come loose.
5. Exterminate Snails and Slugs
We all know that these creatures hate salt, but instead of chasing around the slimy pests, you can use Coke get rid of them. Just pour some Coke into a bowl and leave it in your garden – the sugar will draw them in, and the acidity will kill them.
6. Relieve an Asthma Attack
Studies have found that caffeine can prevent asthma attacks as much as four hours after being ingested. If you can’t get to your inhaler in time, a cup of Coke will do the trick. This is not, however, a recommended replacement for proper asthma medication!
7. Cleaning Burnt Pots
No one wants to use a burnt pot. If you happen to burn something in a pot, you can pour Coke inside and let it soak overnight. In the morning, the burnt stains will be gone.
8. Relieve Jellyfish Stings
Vinegar is effective in relieving jellyfish stings, but most of us don’t take a bottle of it to the beach. Surprisingly, Coke is just as effective as vinegar.
9. Nausea / Diarrhea Relief
If you’re suffering from nausea or diarrhea, you can use Coke to relieve the symptoms. Pour some into a cup and let it sit until it is no longer carbonated. Drink a spoonful every hour.
10. Get Rid of the Hiccups
Got a persistent hiccup that just won’t go away, no matter what? Gargle some Coke several times until the hiccups are gone. The fizz may feel weird in your throat, but it’s a small price to pay for hiccup relief.
If you’ve got a cold and your nose is congested, you can take a cup of Cola, warm it up (do not boil it!) and drink it. The congestion will be gone in a jiffy.
12. Cleaning Dirty and Old Coins
Got a coin collection? You can use Coke to clean the old coins by soaking them in it for an hour. After you rinse off the Coke, the coins will sparkle.
13. Hair Curling
If you’d like to add some curl to your hair, soak it in Coke for a few minutes, then wash it like you normally would. Your hair will gain a bit of a curl.
14. Better Compost
The acidity and sugars in Coke are perfect for the compost heap. Simply add some to it and you'll see how your compost's quality will turn out better.
15. Remove Gum from Hair
Getting gum in your hair is an unpleasant experience (to say the least), especially because you’d usually have to cut the hair off. However, if you or your children get gum stuck in your hair, don’t reach for the scissors – reach for a Coke bottle instead. Soak the gum in the Coke for a few minutes and it’ll come right off.
16. Treat Dry Skin
If your skin is dry and regular moisturizer isn’t cutting it, add a tablespoon of Coke to your moisturizer and apply to your skin.
17. Keep Bees & Wasps at Bay
If you’re having a picnic, pour some Coke in a container and place it far from your food. The sugar will be more appealing to the bugs, and you’ll enjoy an insect-free time.
18. Remove Hair Dye
Want to remove your hair dye? No need to go to the hairdresser or wait for nature to take its course, just wash your hair with Diet Coke.
19. Window Cleaner
Need to clean your windows but ran out of cleaner? Grab a piece of paper, dab it in some Coke and use it to clean the window for sparkling results.