9 Home Hacks You Didn't Know You Could Do with Coca-Cola
When it comes to stain removal, there are a ton of old wives' tales. Have you heard the one about removing a red-wine spot by blotting white wine into it? While club soda or seltzer is probably what comes to mind when food or drink leave their mark, there are other products that can also do some good around the house.
For example, Coca-Cola. You'd be surprised at how effective the soda can be. Let's take a look at these and other cleaning hacks:
Soda-based sanitizing for common household tasks
Putting the nutritional debate of drinking Coke and other sodas aside - what can't be denied is its utility as a cleaner:
- Toilet cleaning: Today.com suggested you can clean your toilet by pouring a can's worth of Coke along the sides of the bowl and letting it soak overnight. This will remove all but the most serious gunk from the surface, thanks to soda's acidity.
- Cookware scrubbing: Regular dish soap not getting rid of grease? Soak pots and pans in Coke for about 30 minutes to get rid of the residue, according to HuffPost.
- Stain removal: If there are some recalcitrant stains in your latest load of laundry - oil, mechanical residue, blood - Popular Mechanics advised that you add 12 ounces of Coke to the washer and run through a typical cycle to get rid of the troublesome stains.
- Hair washing: This one will probably sound the weirdest to most people who hear it. But parents who need to get something truly sticky out of a rambunctious child's hair will appreciate having Coke on hand. Popular Mechanics noted that dipping the problematic portion of hair into some of the soda for just five minutes will loosen the stickiness.
Cola car correctives
Car enthusiasts (i.e. “Gearheads”) are always looking for ingenious solutions to car issues. And Coca-Cola can help to remedy a few of them:
- Rust removal: HuffPost suggested using a piece of tinfoil and Coke to remove rust from bumpers and other rust-blemished parts of your car. Pour the Coke first and use the foil to rub it in.
- Battery scrub: If the terminals of your battery are dirty, it might stop your car from starting. Disconnect the battery, pour Cola on the terminals and then rinse with water before reconnecting it.
- Defrosting aid: According to Popular Mechanics, if you pour the soda on your frozen windshield and wait a few minutes, the defrosting process will be much easier. Just rinse it off when you're done clearing the windscreen.
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Last but not least, consider these Coke cleaning tricks:
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