5 Uses for Coca-Cola (Besides Drinking It)
It Can Do Everything From Settling an Upset Tummy and Cleaning the Kitchen to Helping With Your Compost and Distracting Annoying Bugs
Ah, there's nothing more refreshing than an ice cold Coke, but before you drink that red and white can of carbonated goodness, consider a few other things it might be better used for ...
Shout out to Stylelist.com for a very clever list of alternate uses for a can of Coke. As Stylelist recalls, in the underrated Michael J. Fox comedy Doc Hollywood, MJF's brash young doc character is schooled by a small-town old-timer doc that a can of Coke can settle an upset stomach.
But Stylelist has a few other suggestions for how that can of soda sitting in your fridge can make your life better:
-- A can of flat Coke, poured over a compost pile, not only helps break down the organic matter (thanks to the acidity of the soda), but the Coke's sweetness will attract micro-organisms that will further help the compost on its composting way.
-- Coke's a great degreaser; Coke on a sponge is great for wiping down greasy kitchen counters (followed by a hot water wipedown, of course, to de-stickify the counter).
-- Bugs love sweetness. Pour some Coke iton a small cup and leave it in an area away from your patio during a BBQ. The bugs will be lured to sip the sweet nectar, instead of snacking on you and your guests.
-- The acidity and carbonation in a can of Coke make a great tile and grout cleaner in your bathroom. Pour some on the tile, let sit for a few minutes and clean, advises Stylelist.
Want even more alt-Coke uses? Check out Wisebread.com's massive list, which suggests Coke can clean car batteries, clean a toilet, remove gum from hair, tenderize a tough steak, remove blood stains, defrost a frozen windshield and neutralize jellyfish stings.
Have a Coke and a smile.