There are a lot of surprising uses for Coca-Cola out there. You’ll be surprised to learn just how many unusual things you can do with it!
From cleaning your car to removing rust, Coca-Cola is surprisingly versatile.
In this article, I’ll touch on 12 different uses for Coca-Cola that you can use around the house, which, hopefully, you haven’t heard before!
Cleaning Burnt Saucepans
If you’ve ever burnt something while cooking, you know how tough it can be to clean the pan afterwards, even after soaking it!
But did you know that Coca-Cola can help loosen burnt food, making it much easier to clean?
Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the pan and let it sit for an hour or so. After that, the burnt-on food should come right off!
Clean Dirty Coins
If you have a bunch of dirty coins lying around, Coca-Cola can help you clean them up.
Just drop the coins into a cup of Coke and let them soak for a few minutes. The dirt and grime will come right off, leaving your coins looking shiny and new!
Descale Your Kettle
If your kettle is starting to get a bit of limescale build-up, Coca-Cola can help with that too.
Again, simply pour a can of Coke into the kettle and let it sit for an hour or so. The acid in the Coke will break down the limescale, making it much easier to clean.
If the limescale isn’t fully removed after an hour, there’s no harm in leaving it in all day to give it a good soaking; that’s what I usually do.
Clean The Toilet
Coca-Cola can come to the rescue if your toilet needs a good clean!
Pour a can or two into the bowl and let it sit for an hour or so. The acid in the Coke will help break down any dirt and grime, making it much easier to scrub clean.
Loosening Rusty Bolts
Coca-Cola is also brilliant regarding DIY projects, specifically if you’re dealing with rusty bolts.
If you soak an old rag in Coca-Cola, you can then wrap it around the rusty bolt and let it sit for a few hours; the rust will gradually dissipate, allowing you to remove the bolt with ease!
Clean Your Jewelry
If your jewelry is looking a bit dull, Coca-Cola can help bring it back to life.
Simply drop your pieces into a cup of Coke and let them soak for a few minutes. The acidity in the Coke will break down any dirt or grime that’s built up.
Once you’ve removed them from the Coke, gently brush them with a toothbrush to remove the dirt.
Important note, I wouldn’t recommend using this method with precious items or any jewelry with gemstones.
Whip Up Barbecue Sauce
If you’re a fan of barbecue sauce, you’ll be pleased to know that Coca-Cola can actually be used to make a pretty good homemade version!
Mix together 2 cups of Coke, 1 cup of tomato ketchup, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon of chili powder.
Mix everything and let it simmer for 30 minutes or so, and there you have it, your very own homemade barbecue sauce, it’s unbelievable!
Settle Your Stomach
Coca-Cola is also great for settling an upset stomach.
The carbonation can help to break down gas bubbles, while the acidity can help to neutralize your stomach acids.
If you’re feeling a bit queasy, try drinking a can of Coke, it’s worked for me on numerous occasions!
Coca-Cola’s a Great Hair Conditioner
If you’re after a cheap and easy way to condition your hair, Coca-Cola could be the answer.
Simply pour a can of Coke into your hair and massage it in, making sure to cover all of your hair.
You only need to let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse it with cold water.
Lighten Up Hair Dye
If you’ve accidentally dyed your hair too dark and you’re looking for a way to lighten it up, Coca-Cola might be able to help.
Pour a can of Coke into your shampoo and conditioner, then wash your hair as normal.
Do this a few times, and you should start to see your hair lighten up slightly.
Make Photographs Sepia
Now this is an unusual one, if you’re looking to make your photographs look old and sepia-toned, Coca-Cola is perfect for that, and there’s an easy solution!
Simply submerge your photographs into a bowl of Coke for a few minutes. Lightly brush the photo with Coca-Cola and allow it to try; make sure it doesn’t get too wet, or it’ll buckle.
These make for fantastic antique-style photographs!
Free Your Garden from Slugs
And finally, my last recommendation for Coca-Cola, and this is one for the green-fingered amongst you, is to rid you garden of slugs!
Pour a can or two of Coke into a bowl and place it in your garden overnight. The slugs will be attracted to the sweetness of the Coke; they’ll crawl in, and won’t be able to get out. In the morning, you can simply dispose of them.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can Coca-Cola be used for cleaning?
Yes, Coca-Cola can be used for cleaning. It’s particularly effective at cleaning burnt saucepans and descaling kettles.
What can I make with leftover Coke?
There are actually a lot of things you can make with leftover Coke! One popular recipe is Coca-Cola BBQ sauce.
Do police use Coke to clean blood?
Yes, police have been known to use Coca-Cola to clean blood at crime scenes.
So there you have it, 12 surprising uses for Coca-Cola! Hopefully, you’ll find some of these uses helpful, and if not, at least they’re interesting!