15 Surprising Uses for Coca-Cola

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I have 15 surprising uses for Coca-Cola today! There’s simply no denying it, Coca-Cola is one of the most popular syrupy-soft drinks in the world. But I’m not here to discuss with you whether you should or shouldn’t drink it. Instead, I’d like to share with you the difficult jobs that Coca-Cola can more than handle. As it turns out, there are many different ways that you can use cola, not only at the dinner table but even around your home. 

Did you happen to realize that Coca-Cola could be used to help you loosen the rusty bolts on one of your vehicles, or to remove gum from your child’s hair? So you don’t necessarily have to be a die-hard Coke drinker to enjoy some of the benefits. These are 15 uses for Coca-Cola that may surprise you. In case you missed this post, 15 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

15 Surprising Uses for Coca-Cola

15 Surprising Uses for Coca-Cola

1. Headache Reducer 

Did you know that back when Coca-Cola was first invented, it was primarily used to help relieve headaches, along with reducing inflammation? It’s true, and it will even work for you like this today! Drinking the soft drink while taking ibuprofen or aspirin can help them work faster due to the soda’s high caffeine content.   

2. Constipation Relief

Suffering from constipation? While currently there may be no scientific data to back this one up, many people have sworn up and down that using Coca-Cola as a laxative home remedy actually works when dealing with constipation. Again, this is because of the caffeine that’s in it. Results may vary depending upon a person’s caffeine tolerance. 

3. Can Help Prevent an Asthma Attack

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if you’re a bit skeptical with me on this one, but hear me out. Caffeine is fairly similar to the drug theophylline, which works to open airways and provide relief to asthma symptoms. The caffeine in Coca-Cola is also able to do this by improving lung functioning for several hours.   

4. Cures Hiccups

Though I’ve never personally tried this method for getting rid of hiccups, some have said that gargling Coca-Cola can help stop them. What’s your method for curing hiccups?  My husband Mark holds his breath for 20 – 30 seconds and they seem to go away, who would have thought?

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5. Tenderize Meat

Besides drinking it for your enjoyment, Coca-Cola can be used as a delicious marinade to help tenderize meat before slapping it on the grill. 

6. Making Barbecue Sauce

It’s always fun to try something new, but I don’t know what possessed someone to wake up one day and try using this soda pop as a BBQ sauce. Fortunately, they did, because it ain’t too shabby from what I hear. Here is the recipe if you’re interested.  

6. Cleans Chrome

When you’re struggling to make your vehicle’s chrome shine and reflect like it once did, I assure you, Coca-Cola is the answer. Embarrassingly enough, on a particular television episode of Mythbusters, they proved that using Coca-Cola, along with aluminum foil, actually had better results than what the leading chrome cleaner did.   

7. Blood Stain Remover

Blood stains can be very difficult to get out of carpet, especially if it’s already dry. Amazingly, Coca-Cola will also clean up tough blood stains, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Yet again, thank goodness that we have a television show like Mythbusters that can put all doubts to rest. 

8. Oil Stain Remover

As it turns out, Coke can handle the oil stains you recently dripped in your driveway or while you were in the garage. Simply pour the soft drink over the stain, but make sure the soda is at room temperature. Allow it to sit there overnight and then dab at it to soak it up the next day. 

9. Whitens Tile Grout

Is the tile grout in your bathroom shower starting to gunk-up again? All you need to do is use a spray bottle filled with Coca-Cola and soak your tile grout for several minutes. Turn on some hot water from the shower head and then wipe it up. 

10. Window Cleaner

Clean the smudges and streaks off of your windows with Coca-Cola instead of having to rely on window cleaners that are going to cost you more money. The citric acid formula inside the pop is an ingredient that’s fairly similar to the citrus fruit in those types of cleaners. So why pay more for the same results?   

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11. Clean Eyeglasses 

Why stop with your house’s windows when you’re currently wearing a pair of smudgy eyeglasses? All you have to do is pour Coca-Cola over your glasses and wipe them dry. Then repeat these steps using water so that you’re able to get the sticky residue off. Now you’ll be seeing 20/20 vision again. 

12. Toilet Bowl Cleaner/Car Battery Corrosion

Sure enough, Coca-Cola can be used as a toilet bowl cleaner, as well as for removing the rust spots around your toilet’s base. And Matt mentioned, use it to clean off battery corrosion as well.

13. Plant Fertilizer

There are many gardeners out there that will tell you that Coca-Cola is a great plant fertilizer, but there are also ones who will advise you not to do so. Here’s more on how to use Coke safely, not only as plant food, but a few other ways in your garden. I’ll just leave it up to you to decide what’s best for your plants.  

14. Pesticide for your Garden

Though Coke and Pepsi deny how this could possibly work, a news report from 2004 revealed that farmers in India were using different types of Cola as a cheaper form of pesticide. I’m not necessarily suggesting that you use them on the bugs in your garden because you may find that you attract a small army of ants.  

15. Speed Up your Compost Pile

Is the decomposition in your compost pile taking longer than you would like? With a shot or two of Coca-Cola, you’ll speed up the process because of the citric acid that’s present. 

15 Surprising Uses for Coca-Cola 

Final Word

Besides drinking it as a cold and refreshing drink, Coca-Cola certainly had a few tricks up its sleeve that you probably weren’t aware of. What I’d like to know is how on Earth were these uses stumbled upon. Which of these uses for Coca-Cola surprised you the most? Do you happen to know of any other strange uses for it that I may have failed to mention? I’d love to hear from you. May God Bless this world, Linda.

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41 thoughts on “15 Surprising Uses for Coca-Cola

  • April 26, 2021 at 7:04 am
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    Use it to clean off battery corrosion as well

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  • April 26, 2021 at 7:32 am
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    I had heard about it being a toilet bowl cleaner, but not all the other things. I had heard that 7-up was used to clean a battery post, but I didn’t know that coke would.

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    • April 26, 2021 at 7:58 am
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      Hi Deborah, I guess either soda would work for batteries?? Life is good when we learn new things! Linda

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  • April 26, 2021 at 7:41 am
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    At the risk of annoying, I did not read this post since I refuse to buy Woke-a-Cola!

    Everyone have a great week despite the utter turmoil in this country!

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    • April 26, 2021 at 8:02 am
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      Hi Harry, I love your comment anyway! I have to tell you about the drink I treat myself to here in Utah. It’s called a cherry rickey with diet Pepsi. It has a diet Pepsi to start with (Utah uses 7-up) I changed it, cherry syrup, cherries, and limes. I don’t get it often but boy do I love that drink a couple of times a year. I could make it myself, but it’s not the same. Amen about the turmoil in our country. We can only pray……..God, please help this country. Linda

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      • April 26, 2021 at 9:30 am
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        I love Cherry Lime Rickeys! I do make them myself but you are right – better at Sonic or a hamburger joint that sells them. I’ll have to try it with Pepsi! Thanks for the idea! I like Pepsi better than Coke anyway but would buy whatever was on sale. Now I’m only going to buy Pepsi. I’m tired of these corporations throwing their weight around.

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        • April 26, 2021 at 2:51 pm
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          Hi Kay, oh I love SONIC!!! Oh my gosh, the Chery Lime Rickeys are the best! Linda

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  • April 26, 2021 at 8:00 am
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    Good automobile wind shield cleaner also

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  • April 26, 2021 at 8:19 am
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    Coca Cola has been used in many cake recipes. You have to love a Coca Cola cake.

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    • April 26, 2021 at 9:28 am
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      Hi Patricia, oh my gosh, I vaguely remember a Coca-Cola cake, now we will all look for the recipe!! LOL! I’m on it! Linda

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  • April 26, 2021 at 9:33 am
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    Another use for “cola” is to sooth an upset stomach. My mother used to go to the local soda counter (a long time ago) and get coke syrup from them when we couldn’t keep anything down. It worked beautifully and tasted/smelled much better than some of the nasty home remedies around at that time (i.e mustard plaster, cod liver oil, etc.).

    Cocoa cola cake was pretty good. It was a chocolate cake with a unique taste. I prefer regular chocolate cake but it was fun to try.

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  • April 26, 2021 at 10:00 am
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    Would you, or somebody, PLEASE explain to me what this “WOKE” is all about??? I don’t understand where it came from and what it represents; but would like to.
    Thanks,
    SuzyQ

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    • April 26, 2021 at 1:35 pm
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      Hi Suzanne, I just learned today that “WOKE”: Definition of Woke by Merriam-Websterhttps://www.merriam-webster.com › dictionary › woke
      Woke definition is – aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).

      I wrote a post about Coca-Cola uses and had no idea it had anything to do with any color of skin. I need to see what the group says. I’m a mom and grandma and never even heard of this. Linda

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    • April 27, 2021 at 12:57 pm
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      As an example, ANTIFA& BLM are considered “woke.”
      It’s disgraceful.
      Either folks are awake, or they’re woke. I pray more wake up.

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      • April 27, 2021 at 1:22 pm
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        I should have added that many are still asleep. Please wake up.

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        • April 27, 2021 at 2:34 pm
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          Hi Amy, thanks for your kind explanation, some of us have never heard this. Thank you my friend, Linda

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  • April 26, 2021 at 12:08 pm
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    Coke has changed over the years. Originally the word Coca-Cola came from it’s ingredients – coca which is a cocaine plant. Chewing on the leaves gives relief from hunger and other stomach pains as well as other cocaine effects. Cola is a plant that has a very high content of caffeine, so high that if you take a very small bite of the seed it will cause a buzz. So originally Coca-Cola had cocaine and cola caffeine as ingredients. those ingredients have been replaced. I once asked a Coca-Cola executive if this was true and she denied all of it even if the world knows better.

    There is also a small rut in one of the US Capital building’s steps where several bottles of coke were poured on it and dissolved part of the step

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    • April 26, 2021 at 1:37 pm
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      Hi Ted, wow, thank you for the comment. I remember in high school we used a roast of some sort and poured Coca-Cola over it and it was supposed to disappear. It didn’t. LOL! Linda

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      • April 26, 2021 at 4:40 pm
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        Hi Linda,
        The coca-cola doesn’t disappear, it makes a delicious gravy.
        Take a low fat piece of roasting meat ( I use about a kilo of topside). Put it into a deep casserole dish. Pour in 1 packet of dry onion soup mix, add 1+1/2 to 2 cups coca-cola and cover the container tightly. Bake at 180 degrees C (about 350 F) for 3 1/2 hours then remove the meat (after turning it to coat all sides in the juices), put on a plate and cover tightly with an upturned bowl or Alfoil while you make the gravy. To get rid of any fat I pour the pan juices onto 1 cup of frozen beef stock and use a spoon to skim off any congealed fat. Use your normal method to thicken it into gravy e.g. here in Australia we use Gravox which is a beef flavoured fine flour mix.

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        • April 26, 2021 at 4:48 pm
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          I forgot to say: For a smooth gravy pour the pan juices through a sieve when pouring it onto the frozen stock. And adding a heaped teaspoon of brown sugar with the onion soup gives a richer flavour.
          PS. Don’t use the low or sugar free versions when cooking with coke.

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          • April 26, 2021 at 6:40 pm
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            Hi Carol, I knew we needed some Coca-Cola for some recipes, here we go, thank you! Linda

        • April 26, 2021 at 6:41 pm
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          Hi Carol, oh I have got to make this, it sounds delicious! Thank you for the recipe, Linda

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  • April 26, 2021 at 12:17 pm
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    All great comments and this does really work, but remember to be “less white” while you are doing these things. The Coca Cola company does not like white people anymore, and if you have to be white then “try to be less white”. — Obviously I no longer purchase coke products.

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    • April 26, 2021 at 1:29 pm
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      Hi David, I just learned this today. WOW, this is crazy. Thanks for the explanation. Linda

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  • April 26, 2021 at 4:26 pm
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    I’m still laughing–did you not know coke insulted every white person on earth???

    Really????

    They are boycotted worldwide.

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    • April 26, 2021 at 6:39 pm
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      Hi JayJay, oh my gosh, I did not know coke insulted every white person on earth? Where have I been? Was this over the baseball All-Star Game? My husband just told me. Holy crap, I’m watching all the shootings and the racial stuff on the news. Thank goodness I buy A & W root beer and Pepsi occasionally. I don’t even drink I think I need a BEER or a glass of WINE. LOL! Wow, there are no words. Linda

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  • April 27, 2021 at 12:53 pm
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    Our household will NEVER purchase Woke-A-Cola products again. Nope not happening! Their anti American, anti white, social justice warrior, racist stances are reprehensible. We cannot allow these huge corporations to dictate public policy in this country.
    I’m going to look into RC Cola as a replacement.

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    • April 27, 2021 at 2:32 pm
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      Hi Amy, thank you for this explanation. It wasn’t until Harry mentioned that term that I even realized it was something. Then another reader sent me an email and told me about it. I rarely buy soda except for 7-up for my BBQ chicken in a 12-pack. If cherry Pepsi is on sale, I grab a 12-pack. Then I grab a few limes. I had no idea Coke was all this stuff. Now I know and my readers know, at least those who hadn’t heard this before. Thanks again, Linda

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      • April 27, 2021 at 9:49 pm
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        Seriously? You just heard about the Coke controversy?????????

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  • April 27, 2021 at 7:19 pm
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    You forgot this one: Don’t buy WOKE COKE.

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  • April 27, 2021 at 9:48 pm
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    Sorry. I’m too white to use Coca Cola. I’ll make do with Pepsi.

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  • April 28, 2021 at 9:40 pm
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    Wokea Cola gave a Diversity Training that included a slide in the presentation on How to be less White. They’ll loose a billion dollars soon enough. Already raising prices to combat the boycott. For those old enough – I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, Wokea Cola sales will fall without my moooonnnneeyyyy it’s the real thing – screw coke and all their products.

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    • April 29, 2021 at 6:23 am
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      Hi 101st Airborne, great comment, thank you! How to be less white? WOW WOW WOW! This is crazy. I love that song, I remember it, thanks for the reminder. Linda

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  • April 29, 2021 at 8:34 am
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    Linda, thanks for these great tips. Whether or not you support coke, you can’t deny they have a product that is great in an emergency! 🙂

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    • April 29, 2021 at 10:10 am
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      Hi Jess, you are so right. We can use what we have on hand to use for emergencies! Linda

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  • April 29, 2021 at 12:32 pm
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    Any soda will work for most of these scenarios. I have used baking soda and vinegar for cleaning battery terminals, toilets, chrome, etc. Not sure if it would give the same results, however, in food recipes.

    As for drinking/using Coke or any other like product, one must use their own best judgement! I gave up all sodas several years ago. The last time I tried some when I went to a fast food restaurant, I just about spewed it out! It tasted terrible (note, it was diet so I tried regular and it was just as bad). Now I stick with water or iced tea.

    Also, for chrome cleaning I use lemon juice in a spray bottle or a lemon slice to remove water spots. My sister purchased high end faucets for her bathrooms and kitchen. Unfortunately, the water at her home is very hard and leaves terrible water spots if not wiped off immediately. I showed her how to use lemon juice (any acidic product will work but lemons and limes are at least natural!) and now she keeps a spray bottle of lemon juice in her bathrooms and at her kitchen sink.

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    • April 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm
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      Hi Leanne, I love hearing this about natural cleaners. Luckily we have soft water or the hard water here would rot our pipes. I have cleaned houses where I could have used this Lemon juice trick! Thank you for sharing! Linda

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