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15 Ways to Clean using Coca-Cola

By Katie

Updated: April 13th, 2022

It may come as a surprise to you (or not) that Coca-Cola is highly acidic and while some of you "15 Ways to Clean using Coca-Cola"

It may come as a surprise to you (or not) that Coca-Cola is highly acidic and while some of you drink it, did you know you can also clean with it?

Why? Because of its phosphoric acidity at a pH level of 2.8, it makes Coca-Cola comparable to fresh lemon juice, vinegar and wine. This means that instead of ingesting the sweet liquid you could use it as a cost-effective means for house cleaning.

Here are the 15 ways Coca-Cola can be used for to clean your home*:

1. Oil cleaner
Got a bit of oil on the garage floor? It so, for a ‘no scrubbing required’ approach, pour Coca-Cola on the oil mark, leave for a couple of hours and then hose off.

2. Marker stains
Pen marks on the carpet can be a real pain. To remove with Coke apply a small amount of the soft drink on the stain and scrub. Then use soapy water on the coke an voila it’s back to normal.

3. Clean the toilet
It’s been well documented with videos and images that Coke can clean the toilet bowl. To clean it, pour coke around the inside of the toilet bowl and leave for an hour or so. Then flush and use the toilet brush to remove.

4. Rust
For small objects you can let them soak in a glass of Coke overnight and just give a scrub in the morning as the Coke will makes the rust easier to clean.

5. Blackened pots
Buildup on pots and pans can take hours of scrubbing. So to make it easier on your hands and nails, pour a can of Coke in the pot and put it on the stove over low heat. After an hour, remove and wash the pot as normal.

6. Nuts & bolts
Tight or rusted nuts and bolts? Loosen them by pouring a bit of Coca-Cola on the bolt and let it sit for a short while. Rinse with water and try to remove again.

7. Grout mold
Pour Coke on the affect area or use a Coke soaked towel and place on top of the grout. Let it sit for a few moments and wipe clean. Scrubbing might be required on some of the mold.

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8. Car windshield
Cleaning off bugs and other buildup on the car windscreen can be removed by pouring a can of the soft drink over the screen and then using a hose to wash off the Coke.

9. Garden
Pouring on some pants and also in the compost with strengthen the growth of micro-organisms that will make your lawn and garden healthier.

10. Kettle
Descaling your kettle of limescale has never been easier thanks to Coca-Cola. Just boil a kettle full of Coke and leave to stand for 30 minutes.

11. Clothing stains
Whether it’s blood or grease, apparently Coke is the fix for getting those tough stains removed. Just empty a can into your wash with your normal detergent/powder and run through a regular cycle.

12. Paint remover
Need to get some old paint off some metal objects? Soak a towel in coke and cover the paint, then you’ll be able to rub or scrape it off with soapy water.

13. Pool rust
Rust in the pool can make it look old and dated but by pouring in 2 litres of Coca-Cola into the pool and the rust will clear up.

14. Car battery terminals
If you need to clear up the car battery terminals it’s as easy as pouring a little Coke into the terminals and they should clear right up.

15. Chrome polish
Use some aluminium dipped in Coca-Cola to give it a lovely, well-polished shine.

*Please note that we haven’t tried these cleaning methods and if your dare to try, then you’re doing so at your own risk. But we’d love to see the results so please let us know below how you go in the comments below.



I've loved interior design for as long as I can remember and I'm currently about to renovate my first home. So as well as being the Content Lead at Airtasker, I'm also on the lookout for the latest design trends, backyard ideas and anything to do around the home. I'm also trying to use low-tox cleaning methods and work towards being more plastic-free!

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  1. Adam McKern

    Do not boil coke. It has a very high sugar content and will cause very bad burns.

  2. Natalie

    Coke seams to be such a great cleaner imagine what it is doing to our stomaches. Now that’s a rather scary thought

  3. website

    Coke is a great rust remover! It still surprise me! Thank you for sharing the other interesting cleaning ideas !

  4. R

    “Pouring on some pants” should probably be “Pouring on some plants” 🙂

  5. Minion123

    Can coke remove coke stains from clothes?

  6. Granny

    Toothpaste and lemon juice can also be used to clean stuff, so should we also not put these in our bodies?

  7. Minion123

    Won’t your clothes stink of coke after?