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- Heat water. Save empty two-liter Coca-Cola bottles. Paint the clean, empty jugs and bottles black with tempera paint and fill them with water. Set them in the sun in the morning and by late afternoon, the water is hot enough to use for washing dishes or bathing.
- Clean rust from ice skate blades. Fill a pan with Coca-Cola and stand the skates so the blades soak in the Real Thing for one hour. Rinse clean.
- Clean mold and mildew from clothes. Pour a two liter bottle of Coca-Cola into the washing machine, add your regular detergent, let the machine fill with water, and let the clothes soak for thirty minutes before running them through the regular cycle.
- Give piano keys more traction. Fill a trigger-spray bottle with Coca-Cola and lightly mist the piano keys. Dry with a soft, clean cloth. The thin coat of Coca-Cola leaves a sticky film that prevents the pianist’s fingers from slipping across the keys.
- Loosen rusty nuts and bolts. Apply a cloth soaked in a Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
- Soothe a sore throat. Gargle with Coca-Cola. The carbonation in the cola loosens phlegm.
- Remove a stubborn hubcap. Take a bottle or can of Coca-Cola, uncap it or pop it open, shake it up while holding your thumb over the opening, and then spray the Coca-Cola around the hubcap. Let it sit for a few minutes to let the Real Thing soften any grease and grime, and then remove the hubcap with ease.
- Clean the oil from fingerprints and handprints from windows. Saturate a sponge or soft, clean cloth with Coca-Cola, and wipe the windows clean. Rinse and dry.
- Prevent flatulence. Add a can of Coca-Cola to a pot of pinto beans when cooking to help neutralize the gaseousness of the beans.
- Clean insects off a car windshield. Pour a can or bottle of carbonated Coca-Cola over the windshield and squeegee clean.
- Clean road film from a car windshield. Open a can or bottle of Coca-Cola, pour the Real Thing over the grease and grime on the windshield, being careful not to let the Coca-Cola come in contact with the paint. Then rinse clean with water.
- Make a funnel. Cut a clean, empty two-liter Coca-Cola bottle in half and use the capless top half.
- Clean grease from clothes. Pour a can of Coca-Cola in the washing machine with your regular detergent and launder as usual. The sugars and phosphoric acid in the Real Thing break down the grease stains.
- Neutralize skunk odor. Pour four two-liter bottles of Coke into a bucket, sponge yourself down in shower, and rinse clean. The acids in the Coca-Cola kill skunk odor.
- Clean rust from a tool. Soak the tool in Coca-Cola overnight. In the morning, rinse clean and dry well.
- Strip paint off metal patio furniture. Cover the painted surface for one week with a bath towel saturated with Coca-Cola. Add more Coke daily to keep the towel drenched. The paint strips off effortlessly.
- Loosen two pipes rusted together. Pour Coca-Cola over the threaded joint, wait ten minutes, and unscrew the pipes. The phosphoric acid in the Coke dissolves rust.
- Bake a moist ham. Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
- Make a hot cap for your vegetable garden. Remove the label from a clean, empty two-liter plastic bottle of Coca-Cola, cut the bottle in half with a pair of scissors, and place the top half of the bottle over seedlings. Take off the cap for ventilation and replace the cap at night to retain heat and moisture.
- Make a planter for houseplants or flowers. Remove the label from a clean, empty two-liter plastic bottle of Coca-Cola, drill drainage holes in the bottom, cut the bottle in half with a pair of scissors, and use the bottom half as a planter for flowers.
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