10 clever uses for Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola is the world's most popular soft drink - it's sold in more than 200 countries and more than 1.7 servings of Coke products are served around the globe daily.
Coca-Cola is so much more than just a soft drink – there’s dozens of weird and wonderful alternative uses you can try at home.
Here’s 10 of our favourites.
- Clean the toilet – You read it right! It may seem counterintuitive because Coca-Cola is a dark liquid, but it’s a surprisingly effective toilet cleaner. Pour the Coke around the bowl and leave it to sit – brush, flush and you’re done.
- Remove grout – Coca-Cola can also be a quick and easy way to remove grout on tiles in your kitchen or bathroom. It’s a great alternative to chemicals if you have pets or young children around the house. Pour fresh Coke into a spray bottle and apply it to any tiles that need cleaning. Leave to sit for a few minutes then wipe away.
- Banish hiccups – If you often find yourself with the hiccups, try gurgling a large mouthful of ice-cold Coca-Cola to relieve the problem.
- Remove gum in hair – If you’ve ever accidentally had gum stuck in your hair, you know how tricky it can be to remove without simply cutting it out. If you – or any of your grandchildren or pets! – have gum stuck in hair or fur, dip it into a small bowl of Coke and if possible leave it to sit for a few minutes. The drink will break down the gum and make it easier to wipe off.
- Absorb oil stains – If your car leaks oil on the floor of your drive or garage, help Coke solve the problem. Soak the stain in Coke and leave for several hours, then hose off – the stain should wipe away cleanly.
- Remove rust – Remove rust build up from your car or other areas around the home and garden with Coke. You can loosen a rusty bolt by leaving it to soak, or remove rust by scrubbing Coca-Cola over the area with a piece of crumpled tinfoil.
- Speed up your compost – If you keep a compost box in your back garden, try this useful trick to speed up the process. Pour a bottle of Coke into the compost box and leave it to work. The sugar feeds micro organisms in the soil and the acidity will help the compost break down faster.
- Remove blood stains – If you have blood stained clothing or fabric, try using Coke to solve the problem. It’s a surprisingly effective stain remover.
- Help nausea and upset stomach – If you’re feeling nauseous or suffering from an upset stomach, leave a glass of coke out to go flat, and then drink it a little at the time. It will help to relieve your symptoms when you don’t want to take medicine.
- As a marinade – Coke can also be used as an inexpensive marinade for cooking – it helps keep meat tender and juicy and works especially well with tough cuts of steak meat.
Do you know any clever alternative uses for Coca-Cola? Let us know in the comments below!
Rachel - Silversurfers Assistant Editor
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