Coca-Cola has been part of the American fabric since 1886. Doc Pemberton, a pharmacist who served in the Civil War, invented this drink, but he died just a couple of years later. He would never see the commercial success of the drink. It was Asa Griggs Candler who marketed Coca-Cola as the drink that became a national brand.
There are a lot of myths and legends about Coke. It used to be thought that Coke and aspirin would make you high. Some have tried to use Coke as a spermicide. It won’t keep you from getting pregnant. It’s not used for cleaning up crime scenes, even though it is an effective cleaner on many types of stains. And it will dissolve teeth and nails, but it takes a long time. It does not contain cocaine, even though it has in the past. It is safe to drink, in moderation, of course. Here are some uses for Coke that you may not have considered.
1. Use Coke for cleaning up
It’s a glass cleaner. Shake a can up and pour it over your windshield to get the crud off. You can also use on your indoor windows. The citric acid works hard to make glass sparkle and shine. It can also defrost a frozen windshield.
Coke removes grease and blood stains from clothing. You can also add it to the wash as a deodorizer and stain remover. Some people have even used it on marker stains from carpet. This might seem counterintuitive, but it works. Coke removes stains on pots and pans. If your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, use Coke as a deodorizer to get the smell out.
2. Clean the bathroom
Clean your tile grout or toilet. The carbonic acid in the Coke (and in other soft drinks) make soda an excellent way to clean up stains and remove rust deposits in the bathroom. According to Snopes.com, carbonic acid is found in carbonated water, as well as many sodas. The concentration is small enough that the gastric acid in your stomach is stronger than the citric or phosphoric acid in the soft drink.