Other uses for Coca Cola

Coca Cola is one of the most popular carbonated soft drinks in the world. This popular soft drink was produced for human consumption and this is what the majority of people do with it. However, it is a very versatile substance that has many other uses, as explored in this article. So, what else other than consumption of course, can Coca Cola be used for?

A bottle of Coca Cola. The red and white branding is unmistakable.

A bottle of Coca Cola

1) To remove grease stains from clothing and fabric

Grease stains in clothing and fabric can be a nightmare to get rid of however Coca Cola makes the task much easier. Simply pour some of this soda drink on to the stain and vigorously rub before washing the clothing or fabric in the washing machine.

For those really stubborn stains you can soak the clothing or fabric in Coca Cola for a few hours before washing. As a word of warning do not use coke on whites or light colored clothing or fabric as you may end up with a Cola stain as well as a grease stain.

Coca Cola can also be used to remove other stains from clothing and fabric, such as blood and grass stains.

2) For Cooking Recipes

Coca Cola can be used for a variety of different recipes. For a quick and easy BBQ sauce add some  Cola to some ketchup and brush over some ribs or pork chops before cooking over the coals. When roasting a ham or gammon joint you can baste the meat with some Cola as it cooks, which will caramelize the sugars and make a tasty dish. Boiling a pork joint in Coca Cola makes another tasty dish.

There are many different dishes you can use Coca Cola for and you can really let your imagination run wild. 

3) To remove rust

Rusty nails and screws can easily be cleaned up using Coca Cola, before being re-used. Simply soak the screws or nails in a pot of the Coca Cola for a few hours and then thoroughly rinse under warm water and then dry off. Once the nails and screws are dry spray them with an oil based lubricant, such as WD40 or GT85, to help prevent them from rusting up again. With Coca Cola you can do your bit for the environment and save money at the same time.

It is not only rusty nails and screws that can be cleaned using Coca Cola. Any rusty metal items you have can be cleaned up using Coca Cola, providing the item will fit in a pot of course.

4) For household chores

To clean burnt saucepans and make them like new simply soak the pans in Coca Cola for a few hours and then rinse in warm and soapy water. Similarly, if you want to de-scale your kettle pour in some Coca Cola, leave for a few hours and then rinse out. Your kettle will come up like new.

If you run out of toilet cleaner try pouring some Coca Cola in to it and letting it work its magic for a few minutes. The Coca Cola will remove any nasty stains and break down any lime scale to give your toilet a sparkle. 

To clean up bathroom and kitchen tile grout pour on some Coca Cola, grab a tooth brush and get scrubbing. After a few minutes the grout will return to its original color. Once the grout is clean you need thoroughly rinse with warm water to remove all traces of the Coca Cola to prevent any staining.

5) For health benefits

Coca Cola is said to help with many medical issues. The caffeine in Coca cola helps to prevent asthma attacks. If you let some Coca Cola go flat and take a spoonful regularly throughout the day it will help get rid of nausea. Flat Coca Cola will also help to relieve an upset stomach.

6) In the garden

Coca Cola can be used in pest control. The sugar will attract slugs and snails, keeping them away from your flowers and plants, and the acid in the Coca Cola will kill them.

If your patio and pathways are full of stains Coca Cola can be used to get rid of them, and this includes grease and oil. Pour some Coca Cola on to the patio or path, scrub with a brush and then rinse off with warm water.

7) For motor uses

Coca Cola can be used to help clean an engine, a technique many mechanics have been using for several years. If your car battery fails you can clean the terminals by pouring a little Coca Cola on each terminal and letting it work its magic. If you run out of screen wash simply pour some Coca Cola on to the screen, as this help loosen any debris, and rinse off with warm and soapy water.

If your chrome bumper and wing mirrors are looking a bit dull you can get them sparkling again by using some Coca Cola and aluminium foil.

8) For cleaning jewelry

Coke is ideal for cleaning jewelry but I wouldn't risk using it on anything with a stone or jewel in it, like these blue stoned earrings.

Blue stone costume jewellery earringsCredit: http://www.flixya.com/photo/2389660/Some-blue-stone-costume-jewelry-earrings-

If your gold rings are looking dull or your silver pendants are looking a bit tarnished a soak in Coca Cola will make them sparkle once more. If you use coca Cola to clean your jewelry you need to be careful exactly what you use the Coca Cola to clean. Plain gold and silver jewelry items are fine, however if your jewelry contains any stones or jewels you need to be a bit careful. As a rule of thumb I will only use Coca Cola to clean plain jewelry and never for anything with a stone or jewel.

Soaking a gold wedding band in some coke will make it sparkle brilliantly once more.

A gold wedding band - the traditional symbol of marriageCredit: http://www.flixya.com/photo/2386800/The-traditional-symbol-of-marriage-a-gold-wedding-band

9) For cleaning coins

Coca Cola can be used to make dull, dirty and tarnished coins sparkle once more and many coin collectors use Coca Cola for this purpose. Cleaning a coin in Coca Cola is also a favorite science experiment used in many schools. In fact, I can still remember my science teacher cleaning a coin using coca Cola and the reaction of the class to his day despite it being many years ago.

A glass of coke. Most people only drink Coca Cola, however there are so many other uses for it.

A glass of Coca Cola


In conclusion

Coca Cola is a versatile liquid and there are a hundred and one uses for this popular carbonated drink. It is clear that Coca Cola is a powerful substance and it has to make you wonder what it does to your insides. Coca Cola has obviously been rigorously tested and proved to be safe for human consumption, but you do have to question just how good Coca Cola is for you.

I have never liked the feeling of Coca Cola in my mouth and the way it fizzes against my teeth as I wonder what it is doing to the enamel. As such, I don’t drink Coca Cola however I always keep a few bottles lying around the house and in the garage for those tough cleaning tasks.