In an age where everyone’s lives are broadcast on social media, it’s no surprise that people are trying to lose weight and look good for their latest Instagram posts. Nowadays, the masses are skipping out on cheeseburgers and soda in favor of more wholesome choices. As drinks like kombucha, green juices, and smoothies become trendier, it begs the question: what do we do with all this leftover Coca-Cola? While it may be tempting to offer it to some cops at a protest a la Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial, we have some better ideas. It may come as a surprise to you, but this syrupy soft drink does more than just give you cavities. Here are 10 mind blowing Coca-Cola hacks that might just change your life. But first think you know Soda? Let’s put your knowledge of this iconic American drink to the test!
1. Erase Permanent Marker from a Whiteboard
This first Coca-Cola hack is great for teachers – – or anyone else with a dry erase board for that matter. Confusing permanent markers like sharpies with dry erase markers is a mistake that’s bound to happen, especially if you’re in a classroom full of excited kids who aren’t fans of following directions. If someone accidentally uses permanent marker on a board, don’t worry. It doesn’t need to go in the garbage any time soon. While your next instinct may be to try an abrasive cleaner to buff away those pesky spots and smudges, the chemicals in some cleaners can actually wear away the finish of the board, rendering it useless. But fear not, ladies and gentlemen. Coca-Cola is here to fix it all! First, lay your board down on the ground outside — or over a towel if you’re inside — and pop open a can of coke. Pour the drink over the affected spots, and after about a minute, scrub off the marker stain with a slightly damp paper towel or rag. Once you’ve wiped away those irksome Sharpie marks, be sure to wipe the whole board with water to avoid any sticky residue. Those little Rugrats are messy as it is.
2. Makes Caramel
We all know that coke is loaded with heaps of sugar — 39 grams a can to be exact. A lot of health -conscious folks shy away from it for just that reason. But there’s more to coke than it just being a sugary drink… it can be a sugary dessert too! For those of us that have an unstoppable sweet tooth, did you know that Coca-Cola can be used to make caramel? Caramel is generally made from a combination of sugar, butter, and other sweet ingredients to flavor. It’s a great add-on that tastes good on just about everything: ice cream, pastries, candies, and even popcorn! So why not throw some Coca-Cola caramel into the mix to spice things up even more? Here’s how you do it: In a saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, light corn syrup, and a third of a cup of Coca-Cola over heat. Let your concoction boil for 4 minutes without stirring and pour your soda-infused caramel over any dessert of your choice! You can impress any dinner party guests with this delectable treat, and they’ll never know your secret. Don’t worry, we won’t tell either.
3. Increase Your Daily Fiber
Are you tired of slurping down grainy sips of Metamucil? Well, if you’ve ever wondered how to get more fiber in your diet without ever eating a fruit or vegetable, drinking Coca-Cola might make it a little easier for you. All you have to do is book a trip to Japan. Why Japan, you may ask? Well, that’s because this specific type of coke is only available in the Land of the Rising Sun. The drink is called Coca-Cola Plus. This zero-calorie beverage debuted in March and contains 5 grams of dietary fiber per bottle. Coke makes some pretty strong claims for their drink. The company says one bottle a day of the sugar free refreshment can help suppress fat absorption and moderate triglyceride levels in the blood after having a meal. For those of you that aren’t medical professionals, high levels of triglycerides in the blood can raise your risk of heart disease. But some doctors caution this new drink shouldn’t be a substitute for more natural sources of fiber, such as whole grains and vegetables. Hopefully this will reach more countries before your next bowel movement.
4. Bathroom Cleaner
After weeks of daily ongoing use, bathrooms and showers can get dirty pretty quickly. Nothing is more frightening than realizing your bathroom is a complete pigsty just before someone important like a date — or worse, your mom — comes over. To avoid a stern talking-to from mother dearest, you won’t need to run to the store to buy any confusing or expensive cleaners; Just make sure you have a bottle of coke handy. Because of its acidity, this fizzy beverage has the power to eat away at any dark stains left on tile grout. It doesn’t matter if your drink is flat, as long as you follow these directions: wet any dirty areas with a coke – dampened rag. Let the drinks sit on the grout for a few minutes, and then wipe it up. Repeat as necessary for shower tiles that look just like new! And remember to wipe the areas with soap and water afterward to avoid any stickiness. As for that dirty toilet of yours, no one should have to look at those gross stains anymore. To get rid of discoloration, you have two choices: pour some coke directly over the stains, or transfer the coke into a spray bottle, and spray the liquid evenly throughout the bowl. Let the coke sit for a while, scrub with a brush, then flush away the nightmares. Your bathroom will be spick and span in no time.
5. Eye Makeup Stencil
Normally, we would never tell you to apply Coca-Cola directly onto your face but this cool cosmetic hack can come in handy if you want to perfect your Smokey eye makeup look. To get started, grab the cap from a bottle of Coca-Cola. Sound ridiculous? Just wait, because we’re onto something here. If you know anything about makeup, you understand that contouring can completely alter the appearance of your face by adding definition to your cheekbones and changing the way light reflects on your bone structure. Since contouring is so effective on the rest of your face, why not learn how to do it on your eyelids? This method is called “Cut-Crease” eye shadowing. Learning this skill freehand can be tough, but thankfully Coke bottle caps can work wonders as eyeshadow stencils! To start, press the cap bottom side-down against the natural crease line of your eyelid. Apply your dark shadow while tracing the edge of the Lid. The Coke cap’s round edge eases the stress of messing up or getting uneven lines. Apply a different shade under the stencil and blend for a simple, yet sophisticated look. Alright, so now that you’ve learned some of our kooky coke hacks, do you think you’ll be able to Mythbust this claim? It’s been said that leaving a tooth in a cup of Coca-Cola will dissolve it overnight… true or false? we’ll reveal the Answer later.
6. Coca-Cola Salad
Is there anything worse than being locked up in prison for years on end? It’s hard to say since we’ve never actually done time, but we’re willing to bet it’s terrible. But that’s no consolation to anyone who’s had to suffer through endless years of lousy jailhouse dinners. Being a prisoner means you have to get creative with your resources. Your main ingredients, which you buy from the commissary or trade between other prisoners, will likely be packaged or processed goods with little to no nutritional value. That’s where Coke comes in. Two ex-cons named Clifton Collins junior and Gustavo Alvarez wrote a book all about prison cuisine, and one of their recipes was a Coca-Cola salad. All you need are a few simple ingredients. Mix crushed ramen noodles in a bowl with water, half a can of coke, sweet and low, garlic powder, pork skins, honey, and butter. On the side, combine jelly, soy sauce and Sriracha in a bowl and microwave it for 3 minutes. While the meal itself doesn’t sound very appetizing, at least it covers all the food groups.
7. Rust Remover
After you return from your stint in prison, you’ll probably have a lot of things to take care of back home, like all those rusty nails and tools long around from that murder — I mean science experiment — you conducted a few years back. If you’ve ever tried to get a rust off anything, you’d know how it’s a nearly impossible feat. Or so it seems. If you’ve got a spare two-liter Coke bottle lying around in the basement, along with a little bit of patience, you might have just enough to get the job done. One of the main ingredients used in commercial rust removers is phosphoric acid — which just so happens to be an ingredient in this famous soft drink. Combined with its low pH and acidic quality, a bottle of coke can be a unique yet efficient way of removing rust and decay. To eliminate stubborn rust, cover the items with Coca-Cola in a pan or bucket. According to one scientist, the chemical reaction between the rust and the coke creates a darker substance that is easier to remove. Thanks, Coke, for saving the day once again.
8. Constipation Reliever
If you’ve ever gone days at a time without going number 2, you already know how uncomfortable constipation can be. The bloating and general icky feelings of constipation are not at all enjoyable, and it can certainly put a downer on an otherwise upbeat situation. Even worse, serious cases of constipation can lead to nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and even bleeding. If you don’t have an over-the-counter medication on hand to deal with being backed up, the discomfort can feel endless. Thankfully for you, Coca-Cola comes to the rescue. While it’s not necessarily true that a can of coke can unclog your household plumbing in the aftermath, it turns out there might be something to whether this beverage is successful at unclogging your bowels. Researchers in Athens, Greece, study patients with the same stomach blockage condition. Over 10 years, the patients were treated with something called Coca-Cola dissolution therapy. Patients were administered different combinations of the treatment, including a Coca-Cola stomach pump, injection, or just plain old drinking it. After the study, the University of Athens researchers noticed some incredible results: The treatment was successful in more than 90% of patients! Researchers eventually concluded that Coca-Cola therapy was a cost-effective solution that should be the treatment of choice for those suffering from constipation.
9. Beachy Waves
Flipping through the pages of any tabloid or magazine, it’s not uncommon to see a pretty woman frolicking along the beach with tousled, sun-kissed, wavy hair. How does one get that perfect care-free, California look, you may wonder? While some of it is achieved with the help of expert stylists, top-notch products and heat tools, it is possible to get the same glamorous style at a more affordable price. While definitely unconventional, some a-list celebrities have admitted to using coke… on their hair. Suki Waterhouse is one of those celebrities. The gorgeous model-turned-actress swears by her Coca-Cola hair routine. The British star admits that she sometimes skips washing her hair with shampoo. Instead, she rinses her limp locks with coke. The soda gives her otherwise lifeless, thin hair more texture and volume, resulting in wild, gorgeous waves. Apparently Suki’s technique is based in some truth. Yay, science. The phosphoric acid and Coca-Cola seems to make hair tighten at the cuticle, causing your locks to appear smoother and shinier. It also enhances your hair’s natural curl. In addition, some say the sugary residue adds thickness to your look, making it much fuller in appearance. So say goodbye to those flat, dull locks, and wave hello to a bottle of Coca-Cola.
10. 3 Ingredient Cake
While desserts are a great way to make other people smile, baking can be a stressful activity for anyone who isn’t comfortable in a kitchen. Think about it: baking is essentially one big science experiment. You need all the right ingredients with all the right amounts as stated in the recipe. If you make a small mistake, your whole dish can be ruined. This easy Coca-Cola cake recipe eliminates the stress of baking a complicated cake. With just 3 ingredients needed, baking a tasty treat will be a piece of cake! Just grab a can of coke, your favorite box of chocolate cake mix, and a can of pre-made frosting. Mix the cake mix with a 12 ounce can of Coca-Cola until the lumps have disappeared. Then pour the batter into a pan lined with parchment paper. Put the pan in the oven at 350 degrees, and leave it to bake for 35 minutes. Once you’re done, let it cool and just add Frosting. So – have you been thinking about our little quiz from earlier? We asked whether you thought Coca-Cola could dissolve a tooth it’s left overnight. And the answer is…False! Did you get it right? If so, you’re officially a Coca-Cola aficionado… or just a mad scientist!