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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

9 Things You Didn't Know Coca-Cola Could Do

When car oil drips onto driveways and garage floors, it leaves its leaves an unsightly stain that's tough to remove with ordinary cleansers. That's where a little Coke comes in handy. Pour a liberal amount of cola over the stain, let it bubble and soak for an hour, then hose clean.

Coke can be used to clean car battery terminals; the slight acidity does not react with battery acid so you can pour it over the battery and let it wash away corrosion. Coke also can be used to defrost a frozen windshield, and a liberal amount of cola poured over the windshield and bumper can help remove bugs and road debris (always rinse with plain water to avoid damaging the car’s paint job.)

A small bowl of Coke will attract slugs and snails; the acid in the Coke will kill them. A cup of Coke also can be used to lure wasps, which then drown in the liquid. You also can get rid of an ant hill by liberally dousing the area with Coke.

Coke can help improve your compost pile. Add one can of soda per week to your compost; the sugar in the cola feeds beneficial microorganisms, and the cola increases the acidity of the pile, helping material decay faster.

Toilet bowls can get downright disgusting, filled with unsightly stains under the rims and around the bowl. Make an unpleasant cleaning chore easier by pouring a can of Coke right into the toilet. Let stand for an hour before scrubbing with a stiff brush. The carbonation will “fizz” through the toughest grime, leaving you with a sparkling clean bowl.

Maybe you've heard that Coca-Cola is great at removing rust. The hype is true; the phosphoric acid in a can of Coke means that with an overnight soak you canremove rust from metal with ease. Simply submerge the item in a tray of Coke, then scrub clean with a stiff brush in the morning.

If your oven grates and baking sheets have seen better days, you don’t have to toss them and buy new. Instead, try letting them soak in an overnight Coke bath. The chemicals in the cola will loosen all of the burnt-on bits, allowing you to scrub away most of the blackened areas and save you from replacing these costly items.

Copper-bottomed are great for conducting heat, but they lose their luster with use. Restore their bright sheen by soaking the copper part in a pan filled with Coke for about an hour. The acid in the Coke makes the copper look shiny and new—without scrubbing. This cleaning trick works on plenty other household copper accents, as well.

Maybe it's time to give Coke a place in your laundry room. The soda makes an effective pre-soak treatment and stain remover for grease spots in your laundry. For best results, apply to fresh stains. If the spot discolors slightly when you pour on the Coke, that’s a sign it is working. Let the liquid sit for a few minutes, and then launder as usual in the warmest water recommended for the garment.