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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

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    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

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      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

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        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.

        Clean bugs from your windshield

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          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

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            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

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              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

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                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.

                Remove oil spots

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                  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

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                    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

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                      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

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                        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.

                        Clean your old coins

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                          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

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                            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

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                              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

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                                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.

                                Fade unwanted hair dye

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                                  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

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                                    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

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                                      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

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                                        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

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                                          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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                                          Last Updated on July 10, 2019

                                          30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                                          30 Best Procrastination Quotes to Get You Back to Work

                                          What do your 3pm fridge raid and perfectly alphabetised bookshelf have in common?

                                          You most likely did both of them when you should have been doing work.

                                          Procrastination is one of the most human behaviours. We’re all guilty of putting off what we know is important from time to time, and it seems the more pressing the task at hand, the better we are at avoiding it.

                                          Sure, it means that every time we have an important deadline we end up with a spotlessly clean house and a completely empty inbox, but the real work gets left until the very last minute and is finished in a frenzy of stress and caffeine.

                                          But we can gain control over procrastination by noticing it as soon as possible and stopping it in its tracks. On the contrary, you know you have a bad habit when you’re aware you’re putting something off, and you continue avoiding it anyway.

                                          To start you off with combating procrastination, here are a few quotes to get you in a motivated frame of mind, because if procrastination has any enemies, it’s motivation to work harder.

                                          A Few Home Truths

                                            “Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
                                            ― Mark Twain


                                            “It is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end.”
                                            ― Leonardo da Vinci


                                            “Someday is not a day of the week.”
                                            ― Janet Dailey


                                            “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in instalments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
                                            ― Israelmore Ayivor


                                            “The man who waits to know everything is the man who never does anything.”
                                            ― Craig D. Lounsbrough


                                            “Procrastination is like going to a fancy restaurant and filling up on bread and not leaving enough room for dinner.”
                                            ― Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret


                                            “Procrastination is the lazy cousin of fear. When we feel anxiety around an activity, we postpone it.”
                                            ― Noelle Hancock, My Year with Eleanor


                                            “Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.”
                                            ― Matshona Dhliwayo


                                            “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”
                                            ― Abraham Lincoln


                                            “A day can really slip by when you’re deliberately avoiding what you’re supposed to do.”
                                            ― Bill Watterson, There’s Treasure Everywhere


                                            “By what right do I, who have wasted this day, make claims on tomorrow?”
                                            ― Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes


                                            “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                                            ― José N. Harris


                                            Some Practical Advice

                                              “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.”
                                              ― Hilary Mantel


                                              “Thinking too much leads to paralysis by analysis. It’s important to think things through, but many use thinking as a means of avoiding action.”
                                              ― Robert Herjavec, The Will To Win: Leading, Competing, Succeeding


                                              “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”
                                              ― Pablo Picasso


                                              “It is only by working the rituals, that any significant degree of understanding can develop. If you wait until you are positive you understand all aspects of the ceremony before beginning to work, you will never begin to work.”
                                              ― Lon Milo DuQuette, The Magick of Aleister Crowley: A Handbook of the Rituals of Thelema


                                              “Do first what you don’t want to do most.”
                                              ― Clifford Cohen


                                              “How often do you find yourself saying, “In a minute”, “I’ll get to it” or “Tomorrow’s good enough” and every other possible excuse in the book? Compare it with how often you decide it’s got to be done, so let’s get on and do it! That should tell you just how serious your procrastinating problem really is.”
                                              ― Stephen Richards, The Secret of Getting Started: Strategies to Triumph over Procrastination


                                              “How to stop procrastinating starts with believing you can overcome procrastination.”
                                              ― Robert Moment, How to Stop Procrastinating


                                              “Never put things off…you will wake up and find them gone.”
                                              ― James Jones


                                              Some Tough Love

                                                “Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you.”
                                                ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph


                                                “If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you’ll find you’ve done it.”
                                                ― George Bernard Shaw


                                                “If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”
                                                ― José N. Harris


                                                “What is deferred is not avoided.”
                                                ― Thomas More


                                                “Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work”
                                                ― Chuck Close


                                                “If you always do what is easy and choose the path of least resistance, you never step outside your comfort zone. Great things don’t come from comfort zones.”
                                                ― Roy Bennett


                                                “Your ideas have legs and just as they run through your head, they could be running through someone else’s head and it’s just a matter of who gets to the finish line first. Nothing is new under the sun so act on your ideas.”― Sanjo Jendayi


                                                “You may not be punished for your procrastination, but for sure you will be punished by your procrastination.”
                                                ― Debasish Mridha


                                                When You Need Pulling out of Procrastination

                                                  “Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.”
                                                  ― Denis Waitley


                                                  “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
                                                  ― Karen Lamb


                                                  Print these quotes out, stick them on the wall in front of your desk – do whatever it takes to remember why you shouldn’t be putting your work off, or getting distracted by a desire to rearrange your socks into colour order.

                                                  It won’t be easy, but being aware of how detrimental procrastination is to your longer-term goals is the first step towards overcoming it.

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