Coca-Cola isn’t just a tasty beverage — its mild acidity makes it useful for commode-cleaning purposes. Are you looking for a way to deal with toilet limescale without shelling out cash for expensive bowl cleaners? Coke can often cost less than 50 cents per liter. Are you looking for non-toxic cleaning solutions? Coke is (obviously) perfectly safe for humans. Try these easy tricks today to start cleaning with Coke.
For Persistent Stains
- For best results, scrub before and after using the Coke. In other words:
- Open the bowl and scrub the stains with the brush.
- Apply the Coke.
- Let the Coke sit.
- Scrub once again with the brush and flush to rinse the stains away.
- Never microwave soda (or any liquid) in a sealed container or a container made of metal. This can lead to dangerous explosions of hot liquid. Instead, pour the soda into a microwave-safe glass (like one made of glass or ceramic), then microwave it.
- Heating Coke will make it fizz slightly more than normal, so you may want to wear gloves to avoid getting splashed with tiny drops of soda.
- Try mixing 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) jug of water. Apply the mixture to the toilet bowl, scrubbing and waiting an hour before flushing. Follow with Coke treatment as needed.
- For mold, try mixing one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water in a spray bottle. Spray it onto the moldy surface, let sit at least one hour, and scrub until the mold dissolves. Use Coke to remove any residual stains or scaling around the moldy spot.
- Try mixing two parts borax with one part lemon juice and one part Coke for another versatile cleaning agent. Apply the mix to the toilet bowl, let it rest an hour, then scrub off the stains.
- Coke isn’t great for removing oil, fat, or grease-based stains. For these, you’re better off using dish soap, detergent, or a stronger acid like vinegar.
- Coke isn’t great at killing germs. In fact, the sugary residue left behind by regular Coke can actually feed certain types of bacteria. Stick to soap, a commercial cleaning solution, or an alcohol-based sanitizer to kill microorganisms.
- Coke won’t remove stains caused by inks, dyes, or pigments. Rubbing alcohol and other chemical solvents are often the best choice here.