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17 Ways To Use Coke Around The House - Besides Drinking It

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If your house is anything like the average American family's, you probably have a few cans of soda lying around.

My family actually gave up the sweet stuff a little while ago, but our pop stockpile was so big we're still working through it.

That made me wonder if there were any creative ways to use Coca-Cola around the house. It turns out there are a lot.

The secret ingredients that makes these tricks work are carbonic and phosphoric acids in the drink's additives.

They're totally safe to drink (in small doses) but also handy for these 17 household tasks:

1. Do your laundry

Clean laundry stains with coke.

It sounds counter-intuitive to pour coke on your clothes, but that's just what I'm asking you to try.

Pre-soaking clothes in the soda can help to remove grease, milk, and blood stains in the washing machine.

Just don't mind if your clothes come out smelling sweet.

2. Clean grout

I was using that expensive shower-scrubbing foam like it was going out of style, but coke works just as well.

Pour a little bit on a scouring brush or toothbrush and wipe down your floor or shower walls with it.

Just remember to rinse the soda off when you're done, or else it will get sticky.

3. Clean glass

The drink's grease-busting power comes in handy when your family leaves streaky hand prints all over your windows.

Just pour some soda in a spray bottle and wipe it off with a clean rag.

The drink will clean smudges off your eyeglasses too, but you'll want to rinse thoroughly after pouring it on.

4. Kill pests

Kill bugs with coke.
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Leave a plate with some coke on it out in your garden. Nasty slugs and snails will find it irresistible.

The sugar draws them in, but the drink's acidity kills the bugs.

This method has been known to catch wasps too. Some gardeners will even pour soda down an ant hill to clear out the pests.

5. Clean a burnt pan

Stuck on food won't scrape off your frying pan? Pour in some coke and lightly simmer.

The soda will loosen up the gunk in the pan, and a soft spatula will scrape it off.

You can also soak oven grates or pots in coke overnight, then scour away burnt spots the next morning.

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