10 Cool Ways to Use Cola Around the House

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coca-colaI don't care how unhealthy it is, there's really nothing better than an icy cold cola on a hot day. Sure, I limit my soda intake as much as I can, but Coke is one thing that is always in my refrigerator, especially in the summer months.

But even if you aren't a soda drinker, it turns out there are a lot of inventive ways to use Coca-Cola in your home to make daily chores a whole lot easier. And since it has way less chemicals than a lot of cleaners, I guess it can even be considered a greener way to go? (Maybe?)

Check out these great ways to get the most out of your cola stash.

  1. Toilet bowl cleaner -- Adding a can of Coke to your toilet supposedly helps get rid of rust and mold. (Who knew?)
  2. Window cleaner -- Cola will remove dirt and grease from windows when you spray it on and wipe them down.
  3. Bug spray -- Whoa! Coke can kill bugs? That's awesome. Simply pour it into a spray bottle and douse any pests who have invaded your house.
  4. Stain remover -- Pour the soda on stained clothes and let it soak in. Throw 'em in the wash, and the stains are gone!
  5. Clean burned pots and pans -- Pour it in and let it soak. Rinse ... and the black stuff comes right off.
  6. Clean tile grout -- All you have to do is pour it right on the floor and then wipe it up to make your grout shine.
  7. Pool rust remover -- Adding a couple two-liter bottles to your swimming pool will get rid of rust stains.
  8. Plant fertilizer -- OMG. It can help with the lawn? Yep. It increases the acidity of the soil, which plants like gardenias and azaleas thrive on. Pour it around the base of the plant, and voila!
  9. Clean your car battery -- It helps get rid of the corrosion. Pour a can over and watch it disappear.
  10. Boost up your composting -- Coke helps increase acidity and sugar, which feeds the microorganisms and gives them a boost.

Have you ever tried cola as a cleaner or for another household use?

 

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