Introduction: 10 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola

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This Instructable lists ten of the many unusual uses for the well known soda called Coca-Cola.

Step 1: Clean a Toilet Bowl

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  1. Pour Coke into the bowl. Pour it around the rim so it flows over the stains around the inside of the bowl.
  2. Let it sit for at least and hour. The acids in the Coke will break down the stains.
  3. (Optional) Use a brush to scrub the toilet bowl.
  4. Flush the toilet. Most of the stains should have been dissolved by the phosphoric acid in the Coke.

Step 2: Make BBQ Sauce

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1 cup Coca-Cola

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke

1/4 cup A-1 steak sauce

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Combine the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and gradually bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce the heat slightly to obtain a gentle simmer.
  3. Simmer the sauce until reduced by 1/4, 6 to 8 minutes.
  4. Transfer the sauce to clean jars and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until serving. The sauce will keep for several months, refrigerated. Use as you would any sauce, noting the strong affinity this sauce has for chicken, ribs, and pork.

Step 3: Fertilize Azaleas or Gardenias

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Watering azaleas or gardenias with Coca-Cola increases the the acidity in the soil, which azaleas love, and boosts plant performance. The sugar in the Coke feeds microorganisms in the soil, increasing the organic matter in the soil.

Step 4: Clean Milk Stains From Clothes

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  1. Saturate the milk stains with a can of Coca-Cola.
  2. Let the garment sit for about five minutes.
  3. Launder in your regular wash.

Step 5: Clean Eyeglasses

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  1. Pour Coca-Cola over the eyeglasses.
  2. Rinse clean with water.
  3. Dry well.

Step 6: Tenderize Beef

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  1. Place the meat in a freezer bag.
  2. Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the bag.
  3. Seal the bag securely.
  4. Let it marinate for two to three hours.

Step 7: Loosen Rusty Nuts and Bolts

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Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

Step 8: Neutralize Skunk Odor

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  1. Pour four two-liter bottles of Coca-Cola into a bucket.
  2. Sponge yourself down in a shower.
  3. Rinse clean.

Step 9: Soothe a Jellyfish Sting

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Pouring Coca-Cola over a jellyfish sting relieves the stinging pain.

Step 10: Kill Mice

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Put Coca-Cola in a bowl and set it out where you have mice. The mice love Coke, drink it, and unable to expel the gas, die.


RebeccaA75 (author)2017-03-21

Wow! There are many uses of Coca Cola that will simplify my life.

TheKnexChicken (author)2016-03-19

wow we have a problem with mice in my parents room so I will tell them the Coke mice killer

deus ex (author)2015-11-12

Coca-Cola relieves the sting of a hot summers day as well as the sting from that jellyfish your mate just threw at you

Chemist Arun (author)2015-09-19


fernanda birrell (author)2015-05-19

If you must kill mice, please do it quickly instead of handing out money to coca cola.

Coke is pretty effective. Do you know a better way? They're too fast and wily for me to kill quickly.

fixfireleo (author)beats12342015-05-19

i have a great way. use liquid nails to glue a piece of dog food to the snap trap. they cant get it off and the tugging will snap the trap every time.

and femanda...."if you must"??? i suppose you just live with rats and mice in your home??

Sure you do! I have 2 pet rats!

tim00218 (author)beats12342015-08-20

Those traditional mouse/rat traps that snap down on them when released are pretty instantaneous at killing the target and my guess is that in addition to being quick that it would also cause much less pain and suffering than the cola method. Dying from an excess of gas in your gut doesn't sound like a comfortable way to go. Still, this is a cool post and it is interesting and useful to know how diverse the uses for something like your soda can be.

Or just get the oldest mouse trap....a cat.

bettina-sisr (author)ArcsnSparks2015-06-03

funny thing is a chicken will eat a mouse in under a second! They LOVE 'em, but I can't think of eating eggs from mice eating chickens! LOL When the mice would get into our chicken feed, my mom used to dump out the bag into the coop (when it was almost empty & full of mice) and those chicken's eyes would get huge and they would gobble them up!

antioch (author)fernanda birrell2015-05-19


OliviaB1 (author)2015-08-25

Both rats and mice can pass gas so the Coke and mouse control is invalid. I also recommend a cat.

AkinE1 (author)2015-08-17

The last one sure looks good

Dong13 (author)2015-08-04

can the coke and the candy mentos can be place at the same time?

THEJJRAT (author)2015-05-17

Well..Time to delete all those fanfictions of Micky Mouse being a Coca Cola mascot.

paqrat (author)THEJJRAT2015-06-15

Its ok. Walt Disney created Mickey and Minnie Mouse with the ability to fart.

fernanda birrell (author)2015-05-26

Not wanting to sound macabre, does it work on rats? If so I could let my neighbour in on the secret. His habit of using poison against rats to protect his chicken food, strange though it may sound.

Mirime (author)fernanda birrell2015-06-01

If you mix baking soda and cornmeal meal together it will give the rats a bad case of gas and since rats can't fart, they bloat and die. You can also mix plaster of paris and flour/ cornmeal and they form basically a giant blockage in their guts and die. It works on our rats in the chicken coop, along with the good ol Remington .22. Please pass this info to your neighbor, for if a stray cat or dog gets ahold of the poisoned rat they too could become very sick. Also his hens too could become sick or die if the rats move the poison out of the hidey hole. We have had this happen too.

alba100 (author)2015-05-20

If you are cooking onions on the BBQ, drizzling coke over them

will carmelize them.

JakeandB (author)alba1002015-05-30

Best marinade:
1 can of coke
1/3 c oil
1/3 c soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke

Marinade for 12-24 hours

wobbler (author)2015-05-19

This is the best thing to do with coke. I'm glad to see you didn't mention "Bloat yourself into an early grave prefixed by a life of obesity and diabetes by actually drinking the stuff."

GraceDyer (author)wobbler2015-05-25

+1 I quit drinking coke a long time ago and let me tell you, I'm not sorry of doing so. The things it does to your body should be considered as a crime

wobbler (author)GraceDyer2015-05-25


A quick search on the internet will
quickly show you that a teaspoon of sugar is about 16 calories. That
means according to Coca Cola's own label, a single serving has
140/16=8.75 teaspoons of sugar. In a 330ml single serving, this is
equivalent roughly to a normal sized coffee mug. If you actually saw
someone putting 9 teaspoons of sugar in a coffee, you'd probably think
they were seriously deranged, but they'll quite happily have that much
in a coke without realising it. If they drank the whole 2l bottle, that
would work out at about 52.5 teaspoons of sugar (does the half really

Coke, the drink with the less fattening centre?

itsmescotty (author)wobbler2015-05-22

in really hot climates I used to drink 4, yes four liters of coke a day - never gained a pound stayed the same 155 on my 5'11 frame. When I got to Cyprus I switched to half water half wine and probly went thru six liters a day without a buzz. Wine was $5 for four liters.

wobbler (author)itsmescotty2015-05-24

If you were drinking regular and not diet coke, that contains a lot of sugar, but they do their best to hide exactly how much by splitting the total down into portion sizes to make it appear less. According to the Coca-cola label, a 2L bottle has 6 servings of 140 calories each. Therefore, at 6x140=840 calories per bottle, you were taking in 1680 calories a day in sugar. It doesn't matter that it's a hot climate in terms of the calorie intake.

Given that your daily recommended intake to maintain a steady weight is usually in the region of 2,000-2,500 calories, you were taking in approx. 65-85% of your recommended daily allowance in coca-cola.

This would have left you between 320-800 calories for the rest of your food on a seriously high sugar diet.

On the other hand, if you were on diet coke then you would have been taking in insignificant calories from the coke. However, where this would leave you long term regarding the risks from artificial sweeteners is anybody's guess.

The best place to keep coke is still in the bottle.

ref: Calorie intake:

ref: Coca-cola label:

Luby (author)2015-05-23

I forgot to add that you should consult your eyeglasses store before using Coke to clean your glasses. Most lens have coatings on them and the "acid" could damage that.

Luby (author)2015-05-21

Hello. Most of you, Guys/Gals, must have drank Coke. I tried to clean my toilet and now it is stained worse than it was before. Long time ago, to try the Net circling way "to dissolve" a rusty nail, I kept a nail for two days in Coke and it did not do anything. With that said, has anyone tried to clean their toilet bowl with Coke, what was the procedure and the result? Thank you!

itsmescotty (author)Luby2015-05-22

The ingredient in coke that is supposed to dissolve rust is phosphoric acid. There is an interaction with the iron oxide that converts rust to a 'waterproof ' coating Google phosphoric acid (available at hardware and BB stores you can learn a lot.

fernanda birrell (author)2015-05-22

Vinegar is the best for toilet bowls. Squirt it under the rim and pour some on the bowl, leave it overnight, next morning it cleans well with the brush.

Zixc (author)2015-05-21

nice 5*

fernanda birrell (author)2015-05-20

Have also seen coca cola being prescribed to an 8 month old baby with diarrhoea when I lived in Virginia. At the time I thought it was weird, but the baby survived the ordeal.

Zixc (author)fernanda birrell2015-05-21

in egypt they use 7up dont know why

It is important that the gas is removed from the coke

sash5 (author)2015-05-17

i wish i knew the jellyfish one last summer
great ible tho =)

tig1 (author)sash52015-05-19

Actually,urinating on a jellyfish sting will relieve it . little handier than a can of coke.

ArcsnSparks (author)tig12015-05-19

I've seen where that is a myth.

Ricardod1 (author)ArcsnSparks2015-05-20

No myth... tried and true planetary-surfer cure... it's the ammonia in urine that does it! You can dissolve merch ammonia too but pissing in a vessel is the quick & dirty...

atlantica (author)tig12015-05-19

a little grosser too.

JustinM18 (author)tig12015-05-19

Actually not really, it used to be a recommended treatment but not any more…

All i want to know is how do you boil water on a beach when you are writhing on the ground feeling like your leg is branded?

fixfireleo (author)tig12015-05-19

and kinky too if you get someone ELSE to do it! lol. kidding.

jakwagenaar (author)2015-05-20

Use 11:
If you are very desperate, you could even try drinking the stuff! (Sorry, I just had to). On a more serious note, this is a very handy set of "How to's". Thank you for sharing.

fernanda birrell (author)2015-05-20

It may sound daft to not want to kill mice. I live in the middle of a pine wood in a natural park, and occasionally go insane and set up mouse traps. I can catch up to 15 in a day and a half, which makes me sick, and really it is their habitat. Do not want a cat as I have always had terriers, who sometimes help catch the mice. And of course, when my vegan daughter comes over, no way can I have mouse traps about. So I just keep food out of the way, and everything inside cupboards. And now instead of drawers made of wood for all that kitchenalia I have two 6 drawer metal cabinets, after opening a little used drawer to find a dead mouse inside...

deputyjwb (author)2015-05-19

ohh, poor mice... now who will poop everywhere, chew on my things, bring in flees, lice, and diesease?

ronald.ferreira.39 (author)2015-05-19

ill try with tough meat see how it gos with that but im alergic to any soda my puple have a big bulge have to have shots

iceng (author)2015-05-19

Coke stains are worse then milk stains in our experience !

NanaK1 (author)2015-05-19

i did not know 7 out of 10 things here and im shocked! I didnt know that it can clean glasses!

IDThoris (author)2015-05-19

Can of coke (or equivalent of vinegar) in the washer with jeans that need softening.

dbhighlander (author)2015-05-19

One thing you forgot. If you drink a

coke early in the morning on an empty stomach

it works great as a laxative.

hhughes4 (author)2015-05-19

If it does all this stuff to metals, ceramics, fibers & mice. I'd think it'd be smart not to consume this on a regular basis.

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