Likewise, from beautifying bathrooms to cleaning tiles, cola has a variety of unusual uses. Over the next week, I will test out some of the stranger tips and report back next week during my Tuesday Tip feature. Here are a few of the suggestions, I've collected from First for Women and other sources.
Dirty Floors & Bathrooms:
1. Spill out a can of cola on a tile floor and take special aim at the grout between the tiles. Let the soda sit for about 10 minutes and then mop up the floor with a sponge filled with soap.
2. Apply a half cup of cola to grease spills and oil stains on a garage floor. Let the cola sit for a quarter of an hour. Hose down with warm water.
"The soda's carbonic acid seeps into the porous concrete and dissolves embedded dirt."--First For Women Magazine.3. For the toilet bowl: Pour a can of soda into the the toilet. Let the soda sit for 60 minutes. Then swirl and scrub the bowl with a brush.
"The soft drink contains citric acid, a chemical compound that filters into the pores of the porcelain bowl and dissolves the dirt and rust that cause ugly spots and stains."
--First For Women Magazine.
"One unusual use for Coke is as a rust-control substance — the phosphoric acid in Coke converts iron oxide to iron phosphate, and as such can be used as an initial treatment for corroded iron and steel objects being renovated, etc."-- Answers.comThis list also has a variety of uses for cola, including cleanups for the car, the bathroom and greasy clothes.
Likewise, HGTV (Home & Gardens TV) offers it own tips for cola in this list:
"TIPical Mary Ellen host Mary Ellen Pinkham points out various ways to use
cola around the home.
- Substitute cola for water in a cake recipe and in the icing.
- Need a quick and easy marinade? Soak a ham overnight in cola. This will
leave the meat nice and tender.
- Make a cola fruit salad. Fill a bowl with citrus fruit and pour cola over
- Use cola as a substitute for one cup water in gelatin mixes. Make cherry
cola-flavored gelatin by mixing cola with cherry gelatin.
- Fill a spray bottle with cola, and spray on a window or mirror to remove
- Crumple a piece of aluminum foil and dip it in cola. Rub the foil on chrome
to remove rust spots.
- Loosen a rusted bolt with the help of cola. Soak a rag in it, then apply to
the bolt. It should loosen in just minutes." --source: HGTV
A drugstore owner from Georgia originally sold coca-cola as a cure-all during the late 1800s:
Coca-Cola was initially sold as a patent medicine for five cents a glass. [John Stith Pemberton, the drink's inventor,] claimed Coca-Cola cured myriad diseases, including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and impotence.--
There are also several urban myths about Coca-cola, Answers.com (linked above) highlights some of the myths.
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