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Why Have I Not Thought Of This? 10 Cleaning Uses for Coca-Cola You Need To Try!

Coca Cola is, without a doubt, the most recognizable soda in the world. No matter where you go, you can find that iconic red and white can on a cooler shelf someplace nearby. And while Coca Cola is a great, refreshing and even slightly addictive beverage its other unique properties mean that it can be used for a surprising number of other purposes as well. Some of these Coke cleaning hacks you’ll probably find to be rather amazing – even implausible – but yes, every one of them really do work. Here then are just ten reasons why you should always have a few extra cans or bottles of Coke on hand, even if you don’t even drink the stuff:

1) Remove Burned on Food from Pots and Pans

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It happens. You are cooking up a storm and while the food itself turns out OK the bottom of your pan/pot/griddle ends up covered in burned on food. You don’t want to scrub too hard and ruin the utensil but soaking it in soapy water really does not seem to be helping. Once again its Coca Cola to the rescue! Pour neat Coke into the still warm burnt utensil and let it sit for about an hour. This will allow you to remove all of the gunk with ease – and just a regular sponge – when that time is up.

2) Remove Rust

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Rust is tough stuff to shift, no matter how much money you spend on fancy rust removers. And scrubbing and scrubbing at metal surfaces in an attempt to remove rust can leave it scratched and dented. But, if you use Coca Cola? It’s a very different story. It can be used in the same way as your cleaner – wiped on, wiped off – or, if the item is small enough – soaking it in Coke for a few hours will do the trick too. This will even work on old coins, something collectors should love.

 3) Remove Gum from Almost Anything

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Chewing gum getting stuck on – or in – anything is no fun and if it has dried it’s super hard to remove. Or so you might think. Rather than trying to scrape it off ‘treat it’ with Coca Cola which will, thanks to its acidity, soften the gum to the point that it can be easily peeled away with a blunt knife or something similar without damaging the surface beneath.


 4) Clean Battery Terminals

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Dirty terminals on a car battery can bring your vehicle to a grinding halt, even if the battery itself has plenty of life left in it. If you get into the habit of cleaning off those terminals with Coca Cola and a few Q Tips however you’ll keep those terminals clean and your car will keep on going for as long as its battery has juice.


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