10 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola





Introduction: 10 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola

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

Step 1: Clean a Toilet Bowl

  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


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

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

  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

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

Step 6: Tenderize Beef

  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

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

Step 8: Neutralize Skunk Odor

  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

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

Step 10: Kill Mice

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.



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Does this only work for Gardinia's and Azaila's? What about Hen and Bitty's


Coca-Cola works so good to wash your hair with the day before you get it colored. It gets rid of all the products that build up over time and make the color blotchy.

I use "bounce" fabric softener sheets under my car seats, dresser drawers in my cabin or any where else I don't want mice. I don't know why, but it does keep the mice away for about 6 months, then I just change them. It doesn't kill them, it only repels them....so does moth balls, but I reserve that for the snakes. I pee in a solo cup during the night when I don't feel like walking to the outhouse. I dribble the pee around areas to keep the bears away.

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

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

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

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

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

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??

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.

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!

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

The last one sure looks good

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

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

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

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.