From the toilet bowl to stains in clothes
Get some cola in your house! Even if you’re not a fan of the liquid gold, this soda can also be used as a cleaning agent. The high acidity in cola makes it perfect for cleaning everyday household items. We’ve put together a list.
1. Oil stains
Does your car or motor leak? That can lead to ugly stains on the driveway or in the garage. Hard scrubbing won’t be necessary if you throw some cola on the stain. Let it sit for a few hours and mop up the oil with ease!
2. Pen marks
Whether you’ve gone off the paper while writing or the children have been drawing on the carpet again, we all know those annoying pen marks. Fortunately, cola can also lend a hand here. Put a little bit of the soda on the stain and rub it in. Then use some water with soap on the stain and it will disappear like soft snow in the sun.
3. Cleaning your toilet
An old but golden tip: pour half a bottle of coke in the toilet. Let it sit for an hour and then flush. Get rid of any staining with a toilet brush and voilà, your toilet will be spick and span.
4. Getting rid of rust
Small rusted objects can be left overnight in a glass of cola. Wipe them off with a clean cloth the next day and you’ll see them shining like new. This is also good to know when cleaning your bike. Pour some cola on a rusty frame and wipe it off with ease.
5. Burnt pans
Accidentally left your meal on the stove just a little too long? This can result in gross, burnt pans. It’s an impossible task getting these clean. You’ll save a ton of time and energy by pouring a can of cola in the pan. Put the pan back over the fire on low heat and let it simmer for an hour. Afterwards you can wash the pan as usual and the filth will come off much more easily.
6. Moldy grout
The grout between the tiles of your bathroom and kitchen can quickly lose their color. You often see a brownish mold appear. Ideally, we’d get rid of this as quickly as possible, but scrubbing grout isn’t our favorite pastime. It gets a lot easier if you rub some cola on the grout beforehand. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub it clean with a sturdy sponge.
7. Bolts and nuts
Do you have rusty bolts and nuts in the walls? Clean them off with a bit of cola. Rinse them off with some water and ta-da, they look as good as new.
Interested to know what other objects you can clean using cola? Read more on the next page.
8. Car windshields
Bugs, grease stains, dirt: it’s important to keep your windshield clean to keep a clear view. This can also be done with cola. Pour a can of the soda on the windshield and rinse it off with a garden hose or pour a bucket of water on top.
9. In the garden
Cola can help keep your garden healthy. Cola can help keep snails away and speeds up the process of your compost pile. It’s also a great agent to deal with your rusty hedge trimmers and rakes.
10. The kettle
Every once in a while, you need to get rid of the limescale buildup in the kettle. Of course, you don’t want to see little pieces of the stuff in your tea. Cola is ready to save the day in this household chore. Fill the kettle with cola and let it boil. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then rinse it out. Farewell, limescale!
11. Stains in clothes
There’s nothing worse than getting a stain on your favorite clothes. Blood, grease, wine, it’s never fun. If you have a gross stain in your clothes, add a can of cola to your washing machine. Don’t forget to use your normal detergent or powder. Put it on a normal setting. There’s a good chance you won’t see a thing once it’s done.
12. Removing paint
Oops, spilled your paint? Soak a cloth in cola and then place it over the paint stain. Leave the towel for a while, so that the cola can work its magic. Then you can remove the stain a lot easier with soap and water.
13. The swimming pool
Although this doesn’t fall under the category of everyday items… if you are the proud owner of a pool, this tip is especially for you. Pour two liters of cola in your pool and you’ll see that the rust and other stains disappear. Time for a refreshing dive!
14. Cleaning battery clamps
Not only the car windows, you can also clean the battery clamps of your car with a bit of cola. Pour a little cola over the clamps and you will immediately see the difference.
Cola is a perfect way to clean chrome. Soak a cleaning cloth in the cola and use it to clean chromed objects such as car parts, coat hooks, shower drains, bike parts, and lamps.
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