How to Clean Using Cola

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The internet is full of rumors on how to clean things with Coca Cola. Rumors claim that Coke can do the following: clean a toilet, remove rust from a bumper, neutralize battery cable corrosion and clean dirty windshields. One website claimed that it is an excellent tanning lotion. Unfortunately, most of these rumors are unverified. One of the problems with using sodas like Coke as a cleaning solution is the high fructose content. Sugar tends to gum things up and any leftover deposits will attract bacteria. If you are looking for alternatives to chemical products, consider using the following.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent cleaner and deodorizer. Fill a bowl with baking soda, add a little water until it forms a paste, then use a rag to clean kitchen counter tops, stoves and refrigerators. Here are two more baking soda tips:

Cleaning Tile - To remove grease or scruff marks from the tile floor, rub with baking soda and water, then wipe.

Removing Food Stains - To remove burnt-on food stains in pots and pans, sprinkle with baking soda, and then add hot water. Let the pans soak overnight, then wipe clean.

    White Vinegar

    Use white distilled vinegar only. Its acidic properties make it an effective disinfectant and deodorizer. It can cut through grease, soap scum and it will remove minerals in the sink or tub. Like Coca Cola, white vinegar has multiple purposes such as:

    Cleaning a Coffee Maker - For a 12 cup coffee maker, add 1-cup of water with 2-cups of vinegar then run the coffee maker for a brewing cycle. Discard the vinegar solution and run the brewing cycle again with water.

    Clean Kitchen Drains - Add ½ cup of baking soda, ½ cup table salt and ½ cup white vinegar into a bowl, then pour the mixture into the drain. After two or three hours rinse the drain with water.

    Sanitize the Kitchen and Bathroom - Fill one skirt bottle with white vinegar and a second bottle with hydrogen peroxide. Using both bottles, spray the area you wish to clean with vinegar then with hydrogen peroxide and wipe clean and rinse with water.


    In addition to baking soda and vinegar, lemons are also useful for cleaning around the house.

    All purpose cleaner - Create a solution of ½ lemon with ½ water in a spray bottle. Use it to clean the kitchen and bathroom counters.

    Oven Cleaner - heat a bowl of water and lemon and wipe your oven clean.

    Toilet bowl - Mix ½ cup borax and lemon juice inside the toilet bowl. Scrub with a toilet brush then flush.