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Lifehack.Community Beta is Online!

Lifehack.Community Beta is Online!

Appreciated everyone who has commented in Ask Readers: A community on lifehack.org?. After a week of testing and deployment, it is online now!

Since lifehack.org online, our visitors has increased month by month. For instance this month (half way through the month), our number of unique visitors has already exceed June and 200% more than May. Our posts had hit to varies blogs, web sites and del.icio.us popular page constantly.

There are readers who emailed me asking for a place to share their tips, views, or asking questions. It urged me to create a place for the community.

For now, I am going to put Lifehack.Community into beta cycle for public test out (I like beta because I am a geek), reason being I really want to see how active will it be first. If this model is not suitable to readers, I am willing to improve it.

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So please register a free account and start posting discussion, news and tips. Remember you need other to moderate (vote) your post before it hits to the community front page. So let’s help each other!

Comment and feedback are welcome. Enjoy!

Here is what I posted on What is Lifehack.Community and FAQs. It should help you get started:

What is Lifehack.Community?

Lifehack.Community (http://community.lifehack.org) is basically a weblog (blog). A little twist on this site compared to lifehack.org homepage is that readers are in control in here – you can be an editor and post your own story. You can moderate what story to show on the front page.

What sort of things I can post here?

  • You can post questions or topic for discussion.
  • You can post your own article to share your views.
  • You can post news you saw from other web sites.

How does it work?

Once you have registered a free account and logged in, you will see Create content -> Story on your navigation menu. It should bring up to a submit story page. Enter the Title of the story. Select the appropriate Type of the story, then choose the Topic(s) related to the story and type away.

Once you have submitted the story, it will move to Submission queue. People within the community can moderate the submission. For moderation, go to Moderate submissions on your navigation menu. You can vote whether you think the story should be posted or not. You can vote to post it (vote +1), neutral against the article (vote 0), or you think it should be dropped from the system (vote -1).

Once the vote is over the post threshold, it will be posted to the front page. On the other hand, if it is lower than the drop threshold, it will be dropped.

Why Lifehack.community is using this model?

This model will let community driving the discussions and stories. It is more collaborative, interactive and friendly to vote for posting (or dropping), than having an editor to sit in between the post queue and moderate all the posts before it get posted.

Can I suggest something or send you feedback?

Sure, please use this form for contacting us.

Have fun on reading, posting and interacting!

Lifehack.Community

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

20 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola That You’ve Never Considered

20 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola That You’ve Never Considered

Coca-Cola is an adored product the world over. While keeping yourself in good health means moderating how often you enjoy this drink, Coca-Cola lovers will be happy to hear that there are plenty of uses for the soda pop that don’t involve ingesting it. Impressively, Coca-Cola can be used to help you clean, get rid of rust, and even help maintain your garden. Whether you are looking for a way to finally get rid of those pesky stains, or just want to find new ways to love this drink, these 20 jaw-dropping and unusual uses for Coca-Cola will blow you away.

Kill pests in your garden

Coca-Cola is also an effective pest control method for your garden. To rid yourself of plant munching slugs and snails, pour a small bowl of Coca-Cola and place it near your garden or flowerbeds. The smell will attract these crawling bugs and the drink’s acidity will kill them.

Defrost your windshield

Incredibly, Coca-Cola can also defrost your windscreen in the wintertime. Simply pour Coke liberally across your windshield and wait about a minute. The ice should turn to slush for easy removal.

Clean your pans

Coca-Cola is also useful in the kitchen, especially on burnt pans. For any pan with burnt on messes, pour a can of Coke into the pan and simmer. The mess should easily wipe away. You can also soak kettles and other kitchen items in Coca-Cola to remove scale and build up.

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Clean bugs from your windshield

Another way Coca-Cola can aid in your car care is by removing bugs and gunk from your windshield. Soak a cloth in coke, then rub across your windshield. Just be careful not to get any on your paint job.

Remove rust from your car

Coca-Cola is also useful when removing rust. The simplest method is to dip crumpled tinfoil in Coca-Cola, then give the item a scrub and you should be rust free.

Loosen rusty bolts

Similarly, use Coca-Cola to loosen up a rusty bolt. Simply unscrew the bolt half a turn and pour on Coca-Cola. Let it sit, then give the metal a wipe. The bolt and screws will be one hundred percent in no time.

Remove stains from your fabric

Surprisingly, Coca-Cola is incredibly helpful when removing stains from clothing and fabric. Coke will easily remove grease stains, as well as blood spots. Remember that Coca-Cola itself is brown, so stains on light fabrics might be better removed another way.

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Remove oil spots

Another way to use Coca-Cola is to remove oil stains from cement. Whether it’s your garage or your driveway, soak the stain in Coca-Cola for a few hours then hose off.

Relieve jellyfish stings

Should you be unwilling to neutralize a jellyfish sting the traditional way (with urine) pouring Coca-Cola on the sting will also do the job.

Clean your car engine

Coca-Cola is also an effective ways to clean your car engine. Believe it or not, Coke distributors have reportedly been a fan of this technique for ages. 

Use it in cooking

Coca-Cola is also a fantastic addition to many recipes. Using Coca-Cola to cook pot roast or steaks in will easily tenderize the meat for you. Mixing Coke with ketchup or barbecue sauce also makes for a delightfully sweet glaze.

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Clean your old coins

Another way to use Coke to clean is to soak tarnished coins in the soda. About ten minutes should be enough to get rid of the muck.

Clean your tiles

Incredibly, Coca-Cola can also be applied to tiles to effectively clean grout. Let Coke sit on the tiles that need cleaning for a few minutes, then wipe away.

Supercharge your compost

Coke is also an impressive way to speed up your compost. The sugar in Coca-Cola feeds micro organisms, plus the acidity will help your compost break down faster.

Remove gum from your hair

Coca-Cola can also help you avoid a major hair disaster. If you have gum stuck in your hair, dip the gum into a small bowl of Coke and let it sit for a few minutes. The Coca-Cola breaks down the gum, allowing you to wipe it off.

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Fade unwanted hair dye

Similarly, if you made a mistake with your hair dye, Coca-Cola comes to the rescue. It’s probably best to get in the shower first, then pour Diet Coke over your hair. Let the soda sit for a few minutes, then wash your hair like normal. This method is effective in removing temporary hair dyes, but will likely only fade professionally applied dyes.

Clean marker stains

Coca-Cola is also an easy way to remove marker stains from carpet. Apply a small amount of Coke, scrub the spot, then clean with soapy water. Again, remember that Coca-Cola is brown, so removing stains on white or light-colored carpets might be better achieved with another method.

Clean your toilet

Coca-Cola can also help you clean elsewhere in the house. To easily clean a toilet, pour Coca-Cola all around the bowl and let it sit. There’s no need to scrub, simply flush and your toilet should be sparkling clean.

Feed your plants

Coca-Cola is also a surprising way to add a little extra life to some flowering plants. Particularly with azaleas and gardenias, adding a small amount of Coca-Cola to the soil can deliver nutrients your plant may be low on.

Get rid of bugs at a picnic

The last of our unusual uses for Coca-Cola is to safeguard your picnic or outdoor lunch from pests and wasps. Simply pour a small cup of Coca-Cola and set it out about a half hour before you start to eat. By placing the cup away from your site, bugs will be drawn to the soda and not your lunch.

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