Yeah, I know – “Coca Cola for practical uses???… Are you serious!!!” : Well, absolutely 100% true. Don’t believe me? Well go on and check out these amazing practical tricks that will make your life so much more easier.
1. Toilet Cleaner
The toilet is probably everyone’s least favorite area to clean, so it stands to reason you don’t want to spend a lot of time trying to remove stains and dirt. Pour a can of Coke into the toilet bowl and clean with a toilet wand. The baking soda and acidity of the Coca-cola remove tough stains easily.
In India, some farmers use coca-cola instead of pesticides for pest termination, because it’s cheaper and the result is totally rewarding. It is said that the high sugar content of the drinks can make them efficient in fighting pests, which is of course denied by the company since they say that there is nothing in the drink that can be used as a pesticide. But the technique is an in-vogue trend in the Indian farming scenario.
3. Removes Stubborn Stains
Thing of the Past!: If you don’t want to buy really expensive stain removers, take some of that Coca-cola and pour it in the wash along with the detergent. The stains will be removed and your clothes will be deodorized! All thanks to the carbonic and phosphoric acid inside the carbonated drink.
4. Bug Repellent
If you get too many bugs in your vicinity or your garden is full of them but it is hard to catch them then put few open cans of coke in your garden or near the window and let the bugs get attracted to the can. Once they sat on it then you can catch them easily.
5. Rust Fighter
If you want to get rid of the gross rust then dip that object into a mug full of fresh coke or if the object is too big then soak a cloth in coke and try to rub the rust out. The phosphoric acid in the drink will cause the corrosion process and the rust will loosen and can be easily taken off from the affected object.
6. Relieves Jelly Fish Sting
When stung by a jellyfish during your underwater adventure, pour Coca Cola on the affected area. Continuously pour the beverage for at least 30 seconds. By negating the effect of the venom, Coke reduces the pain of jellyfish sting. The best thing about this is that while most people at the beach are unlikely to be carrying anti-sting lotions, they are likely to be carrying a bottle of coke.
7. De-blackens Burnt Pots
If your pots are all blackened, pour some of the wonder fizz into them and let it sit for a few minutes. The chemicals in the drink will fight the grime and loosen it, then you can easily scrub it out and your pots will again be clean and shiny!
8. Removes Gum From Hair and Practically Any Other Place
If a gum has been stuck to your hair and you think that the only way to get rid of it is to get an unwanted haircut then you do not have to worry anymore! Just pour some coke on the gum and let it sit for a few minutes, you will see that it becomes easier for you to pick that gum off your hair . When you have chewing gum on your clothes, pour some Coke on the gum, leave for few minutes and then gently scrape it with a blunt knife.
9. Cures Nausea
When you feel nauseated, sip Coke. Flat Coke is especially as effective as ginger ale in reducing nausea. Apparently, drinking around a teaspoon of flat Coke (leave it out and open overnight to achieve this if you don’t have a half-drunk bottle nearby) roughly once an hour will help to relieve acute nausea. Of course, if you’re feeling nauseous for any significant period of time you should at least get some rest, if not consider seeing a doctor.
10. Flower Fertilizer
By adding Coke to flowers like Azaleas or Gardenias its like zapping them with a safe, effective, fertilizer.
11. Dilutes Blood Stains
Coca-cola is famous for being used for removal of the blood stains from clothes, furniture, carpet, walls and floor. It is also said that it is used as an important cleaning agent while cleaning a crime scene, although it is not known for sure.
12. Coca Cola Cake!
Coca Cola when added to cake batter makes the cake moist and delicious. Next time when you are planning to bake a chocolate cake, try adding cola to your cake recipe.
13. Cleans Tarnished Copper Utensils
Coke also helps in removing tarnish from old copper objects. The acid in the beverage helps in dissolving the stain from the metal.
14. Defrosts Your Car Shields
Coca-cola can defrost the ice that settles on your windshield in the winters. Just pour the drink and let it settle for a few minutes and the ice will eventually come off on its own. Great for mornings in the spring and fall when frost collects on your windshield.
15. Vintage Up Your Photos!
You can give your photographs or a sheet of paper old and antique look with Coca-cola. All you have to do is dip a picture or piece of paper in a dish full of coke and let it soak for a second. Take it out and leave it for drying and you will end up with a vintage looking photograph.
16. Odor Killer
You no longer have to endure that skunk smell; if you have been sprayed by the animal then do not fret with deodorants, perfumes and body washes, just get into the shower and pour the drink on the affected area and you will get rid of the problem almost instantly.
17. Fades Out Colors
You can use the drink on your hair if you dyed your hair many shades darker than you wanted. Coca-cola is known for its quality of fading the color on hair; so the next time your hair gets dyed in a disastrous way, do not panic or run off to your expensive stylist but in fact open the refrigerator and grab that Coca-cola can and let it do the work!
18. Putrefied Battery Cleaner
The drink’s slight acidity as compared to a Basic, when poured on the battery does not dilute battery acid (H2SO4), which is quite acidic—which means that it can be used to clean-up corroded batteries. So if you are stuck in the desert and you have to clean the car battery but you have nothing on you but Coca-cola (although we wonder why you would still carry it after reading the article?) you can use it as a cleaner.
19. Cleans Windows
Coca Cola is an inexpensive window cleaner. One of the main ingredients in Coke is citric acid. Citric acid is an excellent cleanser, widely used for cleaning glass windowpanes. All you have to do is soak a cloth with Coke and rub your window with it and then wash the glass pane with water to ensure that no residue of the sugary beverage is present on the glass.
20. Bug Slayer
All kinds of bugs are big Coca-cola fans like us—they simply love the sweet fizzy wonder but without knowing that it can destroy them and they will be pushing up daises if they try to consume it. You can spray the drink on ant hills and cockroaches in your cupboards and get rid of them!
21. Removes Marker Stains
To remove marker stain from clothes or carpet, pour a small amount of Coke on the stain and leave it for several minutes. Then wash with soap and water.
22. Soothes an Upset Stomach
Ingesting Coca-cola temporarily relieves nausea, heartburn and a variety of other stomach ailments. For this to work, you need to drink a teaspoon of room temperature flat Coke each hour. Don’t have time to wait for the Coke to go flat? Add a teaspoon of sugar to your soda and it will go flat in no time.
23. Shiny Monies!
If you are a coin collector you will love this tip—you can dip your pennies in a mug full of Coca-cola and leave them there for a bit. When you will take out your coins you will see that they are shiny and new again. Cola helps to get rid of the deposited muck!
24. Removes Gasoline Smell from Clothes
Every person who has worked with petroleum products knows how difficult it is to remove gasoline smell from clothes. The easiest and cheapest way of removing the smell is to pour a can of Coke to your washer and then wash your smelly clothes.
25. Floor Cleaner
It does not matter whether you want to wipe your kitchen floor or clean your bathroom floor and tiles, Coca Cola can always be used as a multipurpose floor cleaner. To make the floor sparkle, empty a can of Coke in a bucket of water and use it for swabbing.
26. Polishes Chrome
For cleaning and polishing chrome, all you need is an aluminum foil and a can of Coke. By dissolving rust and stains, it will make your chrome objects shine like new.
27. Gives You Beautiful Curls
Phosphoric acid is Coca Cola contracts the hair cuticles, thereby enhancing the natural curls of your hair. Hence, next time when you are looking for an inexpensive hair curling strategy, wash your hair with Coca Cola.
28. Culinary Flavouring
Many chefs and foodies alike will say that if it tastes good, why not use it in cooking? Plenty of innovative chefs have used plain old Coca-Cola in their kitchens and in a variety of recipes, from Coke chicken wings to Coke chocolate cake. It seems to go best with pork though, particularly as a glaze for baked or braised ham.