Packed with the stimulating jolt of caffeine, Americans have been gaga over Coca Cola since it was first introduced to the public in 1886. Besides providing a cool, refreshing drink in the summertime, the beverage is also known to solve many common dilemmas. With many different documented uses for the soda, you never know what home remedies using Coca Cola might become your next lifesaver or quick fix.
Table of Contents
- What is Coca Cola?
- Coca Cola Home Remedies
- a) Remove Rust:
- b) Revamp Your Chrome:
- c) Window Cleaning:
- d) Treat an Upset Stomach:
- e) Alleviate Nausea:
- f) Ease a Sore Throat:
- g) Fight the Common Cold:
- h) Treat Diarrhea:
- i) Marinade Your Meats:
- j) Ham Glaze:
- k) Bug Killer:
- l) Feed Your Plants:
- m) Attack Grease and Blood Stains:
- n) Clean Pots:
- o) Treat a Jellyfish Sting:
- p) Fight Skunk Smell :
- q) Hair Treatment:
- r) Clean Your Toilet Bowl:
- s) Clean Battery Terminals:
- t) Loosen Rusty Bolt:
- u) Prevent Asthma Attack:
- v) Prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea:
- w) Clean Your Eyeglasses:
- x) Compost Bin Boost:
- y) Prevent Farts:
- z) Unclog a Drain:
- aa) Remove Gummy Hair:
- bb) Coin Cleaning:
- cc) Clean Up Concrete:
What is Coca Cola?
Coca Cola is a popular carbonated drink that contains a combination of ingredients that has proven beneficial in solving numerous household problems, addressing health issues, and making life easier by saving time, money and energy. The main active ingredients in Coke are:
• Carbonated Water
• Phosphoric Acid
• Caramel Color (E150d)
• Natural Flavorings
Coca Cola Home Remedies
Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or planning on revamping your car’s body, Coca Cola may supply you with cost-effective solutions for satisfying a multitude of situations. To get an idea of the many home remedies using Coca Cola, consider the following suggestions:
a) Remove Rust:
When small objects have become tarnished by rush, reach for a can of Coca Cola. Soak the items overnight in the soda and then scrub away the residue in the morning. The components of Coke help break down the rust particles and makes cleaning much easier to accomplish.
b) Revamp Your Chrome:
Treat rust spots on the chrome parts of your car or any other object with a chrome finish by applying a bit of Coke. Pour a bit on a cloth with a rough texture and rub it into the rust using a circular motion. Some people will rub down a chrome bumper with a crumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca Cola to achieve better results.
c) Window Cleaning:
The citric acid found in Coke can actually help clean your windows – especially the ones on your car that accumulate stubborn buildup. Park your car in the driveway and pour a can of Coke over the window, and start rubbing away. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the soda to make sure all of the stickiness from the soda’s sugar is gone.
d) Treat an Upset Stomach:
To soothe an upset stomach, slowly sip on a glass of flat Coke. The phosphoric acid in Coke is the ingredient that can provide relief for the stomach.
e) Alleviate Nausea:
Put your flat Coke to good use when nausea develops. Sip on a glass of the soda to treat symptoms.
f) Ease a Sore Throat:
Drinking Coke can help soothe an achy throat, and when gargled, it can act in the same manner as an expectorant by loosening phlegm.
g) Fight the Common Cold:
Add a bit of fresh ginger into a pot of Coke and bring the contents to a boil. Keep the mixture on low heat for a couple of minutes before drinking it to fight the annoying symptoms of cold and flu.
h) Treat Diarrhea:
When a bad case of diarrhea strikes, reach for a glass of flat Coca Cola or pour a fresh can in a cup that is microwaved to warmth.
i) Marinade Your Meats:
Create a 50/50 mixture of barbecue sauce and Coca Cola to make a marinade for meats that some people have cooked whole chickens in. Thanks to the sugars in the soda, a deep, glossy coating forms to produce a caramelized flavor. A tanginess also develops from the citric acid in the Coke.
j) Ham Glaze:
When looking for an alternative to ham glazes for the holidays, Coca Cola can enhance your next baked ham.
k) Bug Killer:
Pour a little Coke into a shallow dish and place it in the garden close to areas that slugs, snails and other bugs like to frequent. When the pests go in to drink, they will perish. This is a popular option amongst people looking for alternatives to chemical pesticides.
l) Feed Your Plants:
Pour Coke to feed plants, such as gardenias and azaleas, which bloom in acidic soil conditions.
m) Attack Grease and Blood Stains:
Save money by ditching a stain remover when you add a can of Coke to your wash cycle along with your usual detergent. Allow a normal cycle to run. This home remedy using Coke will also help deodorize stinky clothes.
n) Clean Pots:
When a black film develops on the bottom of your favorite pot, remove the discoloration by pouring a can of Coca Cola over the blackened material and place it on the stove – set on low heat. After about an hour, remove the pot and wash as usual.
o) Treat a Jellyfish Sting:
If you’re unfortunate to cross paths with a jellyfish while enjoying the relaxation of the ocean, neutralize a sting by pouring Coke over affected skin. The chemicals in the soda work on fighting the pain associated with a jellyfish sting.
p) Fight Skunk Smell :
Add one can of Coke to a bucket of water with detergent when you need to address the unpleasant scent of a skunk. If you’re sprayed by the temperamental creature, stand in a shower and cover yourself from head to toe with Coke. Wait a couple of minutes before rinsing off.
q) Hair Treatment:
Coca Cola can have a positive effect on your hair when used as a treatment, such as a conditioning rinse. Some people have used Coca Cola as a mousse when mixing equal amounts of the soda and water in a spray bottle. Shake the contents well before spritzing onto hair to create a tousled look.
r) Clean Your Toilet Bowl:
Pour a can of Coke into your toilet bowl and leave for one hour before brushing the inside, and then flushing away to cleanse. The phosphoric acid in Coke zeroes in on stains.
s) Clean Battery Terminals:
To remove the corrosion from car battery terminals, pour a can of Coke over the terminals to create a bubbling effect that cleans.
t) Loosen Rusty Bolt:
If you have trouble removing a rusty bolt, apply a cloth soaked in Coke for several minutes.
u) Prevent Asthma Attack:
If you feel an asthma attack coming on, it is suggested to drink two cans of Coke. The caffeine in the soda can help you avoid an asthma attack.
v) Prevent Traveler’s Diarrhea:
When traveling through developing countries, avoid the threat of explosive diarrhea by drinking Coca Cola to lessen your chances of being effected by poor water conditions. Coke contains acids that help reduce the amount of E. Coli bacteria in your intestines and works towards inhibiting the toxins that would prevent your intestines from absorbing water.
w) Clean Your Eyeglasses:
Use the phosphoric acid in cola soda to remove the gunk that accumulates on eyeglasses by wiping with a bit of Coke. Rinse well with water.
x) Compost Bin Boost:
Elevate the results of your compost bin by pouring flat Coke onto your pile, which helps give a boost to microorganisms. The cola increases the acidity of the soil, while the sugar nourishes the microorganisms, which will intensify the organic matter in the compost.
y) Prevent Farts:
Adding a can of cola to a pot of pinto beans while cooking will help neutralize the gassy effects that tend to follow.
z) Unclog a Drain:
Try pouring a 2-liter of Coke down a clogged drain to get things moving in the right direction.
aa) Remove Gummy Hair:
To remove gum from your hair, start by placing affected strands into a bowl of Coke. Allow the hair to soak for a few minutes before rinsing away the sticky gunk.
bb) Coin Cleaning:
If you collect coins, then you already know that you might get your hands on more than a few tarnished specimens. To remove dirt and grime, place your stash in a small dish and soak in Coca Cola to create an eye-catching shine. It is not suggested to use this method to clean very rare and valuable pieces.
cc) Clean Up Concrete:
If you park your car in the garage, it’s inevitable that you will have oil spills and stains on the concrete. To remove these stains, first cover with a layer of cat litter to soak up the excess oil. Brush in the litter, and then sweep it away. Pour Coke to cover the stain, and then work it in using a bristle broom. Leave the soda on the stain for about 20 minutes. Lastly, mix ¼ cup of laundry detergent with ¼ cup of bleach to one gallon of warm water, and then mop up the leftover residue.
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