Have you ever wondered what are some other uses for Coca-Cola? I certainly have - especially since I heard it could remove some of the most stubborn rust from a bike or vehicle. Coca-Cola (Coke) is one of the world's most popular drinks however, according to the Daily Health Post “coke is very close to the acidity level of battery acid and consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.” If you’re just as curious as I am, then take a look at some of the nine uses for Coca-Cola that may just come as a total shocker!
1 Cleans Burnt Pots
Number one on my list of “shocking uses for Coca-Cola is that it removes burnt spots and grime from cooking pots. Coca-Cola is a great alternative to chemical-ridden household cleaning products. Since it doesn’t leave an unbearable choking scent, it’s perfect to use as an alternative cleansing solution. Pouring a little bit of Coke in your pot and letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes should help reduce your scrubbing time.
2 Removes Gum from Hair
So, your child fell asleep with gum in their mouth and now it has somehow ended up in their beautiful locks? There’s no need to cut clumps of hair out when you can use a tasty bottle of Coke to remove the gum. Just pour a bit of Coke over the tangled area, wait a few minutes, and start to maneuver it out. The acidity in the beverage even knows how to break down the gooiest of the gooiest.
3 Polishes Coins and Other Metal
Are you a big time penny collector? Have most of your coins started to collect dirt over time? Well, have no fear…Coke is here! All you need to do is dip a cloth in a bowl of Coca-Cola and wipe away. The end results will be shiny and glossy refined metal.
4 Removes Grease or Oil from Fabric
I'm sure we've all had those days where we mistakenly get oily hair spray on our shirt or accidentally wipe our greasy french-fry fingers on our pants. Did you know that Coca-Cola removes these stubborn stains? Trust me, I didn't know either until now! Just dab a little bit on that problem area, let it soak in, and your fabric should be good as new.
5 Washes Windows
Sometimes you just don't have time to run to the store and buy a new bottle of Windex. Well, Coca-Cola is the window cleaner you need. If you have one just sitting in your fridge, then this is the perfect time to use it to wipe down your windows. Whether you're using it on your house or car windows, this soda will get the job done.
6 Dissolves a Tooth
Coca-Cola can miraculously dissolve a tooth. Now, this can be quite petrifying because it makes you wonder: if I drink a bottle every day will my teeth slowly start rotting away? Well, not quite. However, if you want to give this notion a try, then take a tooth (maybe from your growing 4-year-old) and place it in a bowl of coke for a few days. It may just surprisingly decay away.
7 Kills Insects
Bug spray and insect lamps can be costly and too time-consuming. Coke, on the other hand, draws little critters right into its trap. You can sit a bowl of Coke outside to rid your cookout area of flying insects. Also, you can pour the beverage in a bottle and spray little problem areas around your yard or outside patio.
8 Strips Paint off of Metal
If you've considered starting a new project with an old piece of furniture, then Coca-Cola would be a major asset in this area. Chipped paint on metal is hard to remove without a quick solution. Pouring some Coke on the metal and letting it sit will help remove all the unwanted paint. Now, you don't have to worry about stripping the paint bit by bit.
9 Cleans a Car Engine
For all you vehicle mechanics, this one may interest you the most. Undiluted Coke can clean a car engine and remove battery corrosion. The acid works in a way where it bubbles away at the rust. The perfect way to use this solution is by soaking a cloth in Coke and letting it sit on the rusted bolt for several minutes. How easy is that!
Now that we've reviewed some of the handy-dandy uses for Coke, I think it's the perfect time to break the news to you. Coca-Cola is composed of:
• Carbonated water
• Sugar (sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup depending on country of origin)
• Phosphoric acid
• Caramel color (E150d)
• Natural flavorings
Were you shocked to find out that Coca-Cola can be used for more than just drinking? Does this make you uncomfortable in any way?
Sources: myperfectautomobile.com, ecosalon.com, dailyhealthpost.com, en.wikipedia.org