Generally, Coca-Cola is pretty terrible for your health and your waistline when you drink it, but in actuality it actually has a lot of uses in everyday life. Below is a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Coca-Cola.
1. Remove Rust
To remove rust from objects, soak them in Coke overnight, then scrub in the morning. The Coke helps break up the rust, making it easier to remove with a little elbow grease. It can also be used on rusted chrome by pouring Coke on a rough cloth or scouring pad and rubbing in a circular motion.
2. Cheap Stain Remover
Coca-Cola is an inexpensive stain remover for clothing. Just pour a can on the soiled areas, and let it soak for awhile. Then wash as normal. It even works on some stubborn stains, like grease and blood. As an added advantage, it also helps deodorize the clothing.
3. Relief from Stings
Coke helps ease the pain of different types of stings. Try pouring Coke on bee stings and mosquito bites, especially if you don’t have any helpful topical ointment with you. Coke even helps relieve the pain from the sting of a stingray.
4. Eliminate Skunk Odor
To help eliminate skunk odor, mix a can of Coke with a little dish soap in a bucket of water. If you need a stronger solution, add hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to your mixture. If you have the skunk smell on yourself, pour Coke over the smelly areas (or sponge it on), and then shower off. Coke has the additional benefit of making your hair soft.
5. Defrosting Windshields
To quicken the time it takes to defrost your frozen windshield, pour a can or bottle of Coke over the icy area first. Wait a few minutes, and it should be much easier to scrape the ice off.
6. Ease Stomach Ailments
Coke can provide temporary relief for stomach ailments such as indigestion and heartburn. Drinking a flat Coke can be helpful with both nausea and diarrhea. Coke can even help with a sore throat or hiccups.
7. Toilet Cleaner
Pour a can of Coke into the toilet bowl before cleaning to help ease up the dirt. Let it soak a bit, then clean as usual. Your scrubbing time should be reduced.
8. Window Cleaning
The citric acid in Coke makes it a great window cleaner the same way citrus fruit types of window cleaners work. It works especially well on heavily soiled windows. Just be sure and clean off with a damp cloth to remove all the sugary substance so that it is not sticky.
9. Gum in Hair Remover
10. Keeping Wasps and Other Bugs Away
Help keep wasps and other bugs away from you while you are outside by placing open cans of Coke on the outer edge of your gathering. Wasps in particular are attracted to the sweetness of the Coke. Just be sure to not try and drink the Coke later, as there may be a wasp or two hiding inside the can.