You’d probably be surprised to find out that Coca-Cola works rather well as a pesticide, especially in India. This isn’t the kind of thing you’re going to hear from the company itself (they don’t want people to think they’re drinking anything dangerous) but it has to do with the drink’s high sugar content.
There are a number of ways this works, such as attracting ants, which don’t bother plants but do keep other bugs away by devouring their larvae. Real pesticides might work better, but using Coke can work in a pinch. You can also set out a small cup of the drink away from your picnic to stay pest-free.
Lift Oil Stains
One of the big benefits of Coke is that it's so commonplace. It's sold in almost every country in the world, and it's so famous that most stores will carry it – or at least a similar product. That means if you've dripped oil somewhere – whether inside your home or out in the garage – you can clean it.
Pour room-temp Coke over the stain and let it soak overnight to lift a great deal of a stain before you wipe it clean. We can't promise that it will disappear entirely, but you're sure to notice a difference. And your garage will smell nicer, too.
Remove Mold From Clothes
As backwards as it sounds at the beginning, putting Coca-Cola in your washing machine has a surprising number of benefits. It can even get rid of the mold and mildew buildup that clothes might gain after a lifetime of use. It also does away with stains and stench, but this is about the mold.
There are a couple of ways for mold to get into clothes and a couple of ways to get it out, but few will be easier than pouring in a helping of Coke after loading your clothes. Be sure not to forget the detergent, or that load will come out brown.
Make Sure Your Glasses are Clean
If you have a pair of glasses that are always getting smudged and dirty, try cleaning them with a little bit of Coke. The acid that is in the soda will break up dirt and smudges.
Little particles that are attached to the glass will also get washed away due to the sticky nature of the soda, even if the particles are stuck deep in the inside lenses. Pour a little bit of the drink onto the lenses and rub until the smudges are gone. Following that, clean with a proper cloth and water to get rid of any remaining residue.
Soften the Blow of a Jellyfish
If you're on an underwater adventure, or you're walking along the beach, and you feel a certain sting, don't fret. Head to your cooler and grab a can of Coke. You might not have thought to bring anti-sting lotion when you visit the beach, but a soft drink? It's par for the course.
Coca-Cola isn't going to totally negate the sting, but pour it over the sting continuously for about thirty seconds and you could experience a twenty-five to seventy-five percent reduction in pain. Vinegar is another option if, for some reason, you have that lying around when you're on the beach.