List o’ Top Ten Offbeat Uses for Coke

List of Top Ten Alternative Uses for CokeAnyone can drink a can of Coke, but it takes a special touch to use that beverage for something else entirely, from glass cleaner to explosive. So instead of boosting your sugar levels and adding another layer to that spare tire, read this post to see what else the bubbly soda can do, straight out of the bottle or can.

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10. Antique Effect on Photos

To make a new photo look antique, just take a photo (make sure you have a second print of the photo in case you mess up) and soak it in Coca Cola. Use a small pan and pour in about 1/2 inch of Coca Cola. Then put in the photo until it is covered with the cola. Soak for a few minutes until the color is just right and gently lift out the photo (careful not to touch the front with your fingers). Then gently pat dry with a soft lintless material or drip dry to let the excess liquid run off, then finish drying with a hair dryer. Voila – one fine looking antique photo.

9. Glass, Window and Pipe Cleaner

The citric acid in Coca-Cola also makes for a terrific window cleaner, from households to cars. It is also effective as a drain agent, suggested remedies include pouring Coke down the drain once a month to keep it from clogging. Other effective cleaning uses have Coke as an effective agent for getting sparkling grout and cleaning the toilet. Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl. Let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

8. Eating, Not Drinking

As a recipe ingredient, there are dozens of personal favorites that have been tried and tested. For example, when preparing a pot roast, use Coke instead of water; it tenderizes and adds a unique flavor. To bake a moist ham, empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy. Another one suggests mixing equal parts of Coca Cola and catsup and pour over meat in a Crock Pot. Apparently this works well with pork, chicken or beef. Tofu?

7. Skunk Deodorizer

For those of you who live in areas where skunk smells can be an issue from time to time, one can of coke added to a bucket of water with detergent really helps to break the odor down. If you have been sprayed, stand in the shower and cover yourself from head to toe with coke â? wait for a few minutes, then rinse off. The added bonus is that coke is an excellent hair treatment – pouring a can of flat coke onto hair and leaving it in for a few minutes before washing gives perfectly separated curls when the hair dries (better for long hair).

6. Medicinal Purposes

From congestion relief, reducing nausea, pain treatments and treating the common cold, Coke has been used for all. The composition of Coke has been used to develop remedies, such as putting fresh ginger in a pot with Coca Cola, heating and then drinking while warm to ease cold symptoms. Or, if you are nauseated open a can of Coke and let it stand until the carbonation goes away, then take a teaspoonful every hour. Tip – To take the carbonation out of the Coke, add a teaspoon of sugar to the Cola. This works with any type of cola and is especially handy if you are not at home and cannot wait for the cola to go flat. Also works equally well for constipation and diarrhea.

5. Clean Burnt Pans

Pots can sometimes get a black film on the bottom which is almost impossible to remove; this is caused by over-cooking or just natural discoloration due to highly acidic foods. To remove the black and restore your pot to new, pour in a can of coke (or as much as you need to cover the blackened area by an inch) and put it on the stove on a low heat. body creams . After an hour or so, wash the pot as normal.

4. Cleaning Clothes and Driveways

As an apparent solution to grease stains on clothing, empty a can of coke into the wash along with the usual detergent and run it through a normal cycle. This is also quite effective for removing blood and it helps to deodorize smelly clothes. Removing oil stains from the driveway is apparently only one bottle of Coke away. watch movies online . A good way to remove oil stains from concrete driveways or garages is to pour on coke, let it soak then hose off. Voila.

3. Keep Your Tires Clean

First, wash and scrub your tires then dry off the rims. Then you just spray the Coca Cola (reg. not diet) onto your tires. Or, just use a rag dipped in the coke and rub onto your tires. Let dry and repeat. This will leave the tires black as can be and will not attract the dirt.

2. Taking Gum Out of Hair

Just take the gum coated hair and dip in a small bowl that has some Coca Cola in it. Let sit for just a few minutes and the gum will wipe right off.

1. Make an Explosion


Most people who have been around on the Internet for at least a few years will be familiar with the diet-coke-Mentos volcano. The idea is that you drop a Mentos into a bottle of coke and the chemical reaction causes the coke to spurt for miles (not literally of course). The video clip above shows a great example of this fun use for coke. Why not buy a bunch of bottles this weekend and see if you can do better than the efforts shown above?

Myth or Truth ?

If you put a can of diet Coca Cola and a can of regular Coca Cola in a swimming pool….. the can of regular Coke will sink, but the can of Diet Coke will float.

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2 Responses to "List o’ Top Ten Offbeat Uses for Coke":

  1. listmaster September 14, 2010 at 22:34

    One version of the old wives tale solution for gum in hair is actually peanut butter, so maybe the coke is really to wash out the peanut butter. But if there is a bottle o’ rum handy, probably easier to have the cocktails and then just cut the gum out – wont really care at that point anyway.

  2. neighbour G September 14, 2010 at 20:15

    LOP- I say booooooo to this list. 5 items as cleaners (incl the gum hair)? Really? Plus you�d need a heck of a lot of Coke to clean your drive way…. a REAL use for Coke, as seen firsthand in aruba is: tanning oil. Although it becomes sticky in the sun there is some kind of �bake n stain� property that gives a Mexican grade finish. PS. It can also be mixed with RUM for a world class aphrodisiac!

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