While it might do a good job of curbing a sugar craving, a can of the Coke can be pretty handy to have around the house too.
A quick wipe with a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola will restore your ornaments to their former glory. The citric acid within the drink helps to remove stains without causing damage – Coke has PH of 2.5 making it more acidic than apple juice but less acidic than lemon juice.
Coke a la carte
You'll be surprised to hear that Coke can also be used as a cooking ingredient, with ham being one of the more common examples – the high sugar content causes the drink to caramelise, resulting in a sweet, rich taste similar to a honey marinade.
Soak it and see
Simply pour a can of Coke into a burnt saucepan, leave to soak for half an hour, and scrub off. The secret is the drink's acid content (aided by the fizzing action) which is high enough to clean burnt pans but mild enough to avoid damaging non-stick coatings.
Glass of fizzy?
Sipping a glass of flat cola – preferably from a can that's been left open overnight – can settle upset stomachs. This is thought to be partly due to the glucose found in the drink, which can help rehydrate you, while the sugar hit helps restore low blood sugar levels.
Dull pennies can be given a new lease of life with a short dunk in Coke. The drink's high acidity will feed on the calcium and rust deposits that accumulate on coins. Although, we'd advise getting an expert opinion before dunking that priceless gold sovereign.
It's common knowledge that sugar can perk up potted plants and cut flowers (sugar is one of the key ingredients in the sachets of plant food that comes with cut flowers).
It's long been rumoured that lorry drivers keep a can to hand – not to quench their thirst but to remove rust from car batteries. Coke contains carbonic acid, which is used in many products designed to remove rust – although it pays to remember that many carbonated drinks also contain carbonic acid. Either way, it's been proven that a Coke-soaked rag can be a great tool for those waging war on rust deposits. Coke's rust-busting properties also mean that it works wonders on stuck nuts and bolts.
Gum be gone
If you're unlucky enough to find a wad of chewing gum in your hair, a can of Coke might just save the day. The ingredients help to break down the “stickiness” of chewing gum, and although soaking the afflicted area in cola might not be the simplest of manoeuvres (we suggest tying a cola-soaked rag around the area in question) after around ten minutes you'll find the gum can be removed from the hair with ease.
Grease be gone
Grease stains are notoriously difficult to remove, but a glass of Coke could just save the day. The phosphoric acid helps break down grease stains from within, meaning the chip grease-stained shirt you've given up on might not be a lost cause after all. Simply pour some Coke directly onto the grease stain and allow it to sink in for at least fifteen minutes. Then simply wash the garment as usual.