You drink it to quench your thirst, or to feel refreshed on a hot day. Maybe it perks you up when you are catching up with friends or lazing around. But did you ever think that Coca-Cola could be used for anything other than drinking?
It has probably never occurred to you that your favourite cola brand could be used for some heavy duty cleaning or for repelling disgusting bugs around your home! Well, you read it right. Coca-Cola can be used for all the above as well as for some other things too. If you want to arm yourself with some practical uses of this famous beverage other than drinking, then read on and prepare to be impressed.
Bugs can be irritating and if you are looking for ways to get rid of all the bugs in the vicinity of your home or in your garden, then all you need to do is to keep a few opened cans of Coca-Cola in your garden or near the window. These will act as a magnet for bugs.
Once the bugs are near the cans, take your chance and catch them for good.
Cleaning a dirty toilet is arguably the dreariest of tasks to do at home and to be sincere; no one actually wants to do it. If it is your turn to clean the toilet today, then turn to no one but your bubbly partner Coca-Cola to do some heavy duty cleaning.
All you need to do to get a sparkling clean toilet is to pour the drink into the pot and wait for an hour. Ensure that no one else flushes the toilet while the cola is in the pot. Once the wait is over, scrub the pot and flush. Voila! Now you have got yourself a sparkling and fresh toilet!
Worry not if you have accidently blackened some of your pots. Just get your hands on Coca-Cola and pour some of the wonder fizz into the dishwasher.
Do not start the dishwasher yet. Rather, let the fizzy drink sit in the dishwasher for a few minutes and let the chemicals in the drink fight the grime and loosen it. Once the cola has acted on the grime, it will be easier for you to scrub it out and your pots will be clean and shiny again.
Coca-Cola also serves as an excellent fabric stain remover. So if you have some stained clothes, especially with grease stains and blood stains, then take them out and watch Coca-Cola work its magic on the stains.
Do refrain from using Coca-Cola to remove stains from light coloured fabrics, however. Since cola is dark in colour, it will have the opposite effect on light-hued clothes.
The next surprising use for Coca-Cola is tile-cleaning. Open a can of Coca-Cola and pour a little of it over the tiles you need to clean, and leave it there for a couple of minutes.
Once the tiles are adequately soaked with Coca Cola, use a brush, sponge, or cloth to clean the tiles. You will have to use very little effort but the result will leave you impressed when the tiles appear as good as new.
Try to clean your pool with Coca-Cola once, and you will turn to it every time for cleaning. Transform your dirty pool into a rust free, shiny one within minutes by simply pouring two litres of coke into the pool and letting it sit for a while. After cleaning up, your pool will sparkle with new life.
It might interest you to know that the lighting of this stunning pool was designed by Elektra Lighting Design from London. After all, a clean pool looks all the more fascinating when coupled with brilliant lights.
Have children at home who have accidently spilled paint on your precious furniture? Well, worry not. Coca Cola will come to your rescue here too.
Just run a towel soaked in coke on the paint and watch it vanish. Keep in mind to wash off the cola with soap water to get rid of the stickiness though.
Were you out in the jungles or the zoo and got accidently sprayed by animals, or has your new untrained pet sprayed you? If yes, do not bother with perfumes, deodorants and body washes, and also do not tolerate that skunk smell anymore.
Just take out a coke from the refrigerator, get into the shower and pour the drink on the affected area. You will immediately see—and smell!—the difference. There is no better way to get rid of the problem almost instantly.
Coca-Cola also works amazingly well as a rust remover. If you have knives and scissors and other tools that have become rusted, take them all out and keep them in a mug or bucket full of Coca-Cola.
Phosphoric acid, one of the core ingredients of coke, lead to corrosion and the rust can be easily dissolved from the object. If your object is too big to be immersed in a mug, then you could also soak a cloth in the cola and rub the rust out. This method will require a little more muscle than the earlier one, but your instruments are sure to become rust free.
Another extremely surprising use of Coca-Cola is that it makes cut flowers last longer in the vase. Just mix 1/4 cup of Coca-Cola with the water in the vase filled with flowers, and see your blooms live longer. The sugar in the soda actually makes the flowers last longer. Now keep that cherished bouquet for as long as you want.
Apart from the above mentioned uses of Coca-Cola, the ingenuity of people have led it to being used for many other purposes too – such as for loosening rusted bolts, removing oil stains from the kitchen counter or floor, getting shiny flat hair, defrosting the ice gathered on the wind shield, as pesticides in fields and so on. So now you know that there are many other ways to use that bottle of Coke in your refrigerator besides drinking it!
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