Hint: You can "taste the feeling" and also clean with it.

By Michelle Darrisaw
December 1, 2017

As if Southerners needed another reason to love Coca-Cola—we just discovered the bubbly and refreshing beverage also pulls double duty as a cleaning agent.

The Atlanta-based drink and go-to snack companion with peanuts is not just good for gulping down or dredging and coating slices of ham. No, you can actually get more mileage out of a six pack of Coke bottles by using it to clean your toilet.

Probably the hardest place to clean in the home is the bathroom, particularly the toilet. And, if you share a bathroom with your husband or younger boys, keeping the toilet spotless can be even more of a challenge. So instead of purchasing those expensive fizzies or abrasive toilet bowl cleaners, head to the fridge and let the carbonation of Coke work its magic on filthy rings, lime buildup, and water stains. Because Coca-Cola contains carbonic, citric, and phosphoric acids, it’s great for tough stains and dissolving rust. 

Follow these two simple steps below to ensure your porcelain throne sparkles:

  1. Pour Coca-Cola along the edges of the toilet bowl and leave it overnight.
  2. In the morning, flush and give it a whirl.

How’s that for a homemade fizzy toilet bomb? Of course, we don’t recommend using Coca-Cola every time your toilet needs a good scrubbing, as the dark color of the carbonated soda can actually stain the bowl and leave a sugary residue when used excessively.

No extra Coca-Cola on hand? Another natural concoction made up of ingredients taken straight from the kitchen: equal parts baking soda and white vinegar mixed with essential oils (think: peppermint or tea tree oil). This combination will clean the bowl and neutralize disgusting odors. And, if you're willing to get your hands dirty, sliced grapefruit covered in salt is also an effective scrubber that can be used in the place of a toilet brush. To avoid the risk of tinting your toilet with Coke, a light-colored carbonated soft drink such as 7UP or tonic water will also suffice. The key is to let whatever liquid mixture you choose to sit overnight in the toilet.

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