If you’re a numismatologist, you know that getting old coins back into shiny shape is one of life’s true joys. But what’s the best way? Yup, it’s Coke again. Dip your ancient coins and favorite designs into a mug of Coca-Cola and leave them there for a little while – when you remove them, the coins will look shiny and new after a rinse.
This is a great little science experiment you can do with kids to teach about chemicals, acids, and other things. Plus, the snack is right there waiting to be sipped as you watch the chemical reactions take place.
Get Frost Off Car Windows
If you live in a place that has temperatures sink below freezing, you know how frustrating it can be to come out in the morning – or even after work – and find ice on your windows. If it's bad enough, just scraping it away won't do the job. Once again, reach for a can of your favorite soft drink.
Pour the drink over the ice and let it settle for a few minutes. Eventually, somehow, the ice will just come off on its own. We aren't exactly sure what the chemical process is for this one, but we're sure it has something to do with carbonation. Or acid. Or something like that. One way or another, it gets the ice off.
Wash Away Marker Stains
If you have marker stains on clothes, carpet, walls, or anywhere else, you can get rid of them by pouring a little bit of Coke on the stain, or washing it with a cloth if it's on the wall.
The acid and other elements of Coke will loosen the marker ink, even if it's permanent, and allow you to wash it away with soap and water. You may have a Coke stain to deal with next, but that's much easier to get rid of. Just don't use a marker to draw a circle around the Coke stain. That'd just be silly.
Make Old Pots New Again
If you spend lots of time at the stove, you know that one wrong move can make pots and pans blackened. This makes food taste strange (and usually not in a good way) and damages the items, but there's a way back.
Pour Coca-Cola into the pots or pans and let it sit for a few minutes. The chemicals will fight against the grime and make it much looser, at which point you can pretty easily scrub it out. Your cookware will be ready to create some wonderful dishes again. They'll look like they're brand new.
Lift Dried-on Glue
For some reason, Coke is really good at destroying the adhesive properties of stuff. Must be the acid. If you've been gluing things together and a little bit of the sticky stuff has fallen where you don't want it, grab a red can and get to work removing it.
It's certainly a better choice than something like sandpaper or paint thinner, both of which can result in damage to your hands or other things. Let the Coke sit on the dried glue for about ten minutes before cleaning it away using rubbing alcohol. It won't even let any residue stay there. Nobody will know how messy you are with glue.