10 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola




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

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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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80 Discussions


4 years ago on Introduction

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

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Reply 8 months ago

Can ruin glasses with special lenses/coatings and sunglasses


4 years ago on Introduction

You don't have to use Coke, any soda pop will work for this hack. To walk on a metal roof when it's been rained on and left that film of slippery dust on the metal just spray soda pop where you want to walk and let it dry and the stickiness will allow you to walk confidently on the roof without fear of losing your footing. The soda pop will wash off with the next rain. Metal roofs are great but, difficult to walk on with the those ribs 9" apart and let alone when there is the slippery dust on it to boot.

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Reply 8 months ago

Wish I could upvote more than once


4 years ago

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

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4 years ago

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

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Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

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


Reply 4 years ago

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...


Reply 8 months ago

Urine is sanitary!! Which is why it can be drank in emergency. Easy to purify..... city water treatment plants know.


Reply 8 months ago

Our American bulldog does better than all 6 of our cats!! She doesn't eat them, just kills and brings to me to throw outside to the cats!! Teammates at work....lol

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!