While cola may not be what comes to mind when you think of green cleaning, Coke, Pepsi and other cola products can actually be used in some surprising and eco-friendly ways. When there’s a mess on your hands and your cleaning supplies are low, you can raid the fridge for this handy cleaning agent. Below are some of our favorite uses:

Deodorizer: While cola shouldn’t be used on fabric due to the high sugar content, this soda is an excellent deodorize, and will easily remove pet smells and other odors. Just soak the affected area, then rinse away.

Get rid of rust: Cola products break down rust and grime, saving you the elbow grease of trying to scour it away. Rust spots can be wiped away with a rag soaked in cola. For objects with heavy rusting, an overnight cola soak and a quick scrub in the morning will give you rust-free bliss. Just be sure to rinse thoroughly to clear away any sugar residue, as it can be quite sticky.

Clean your blackened pots: Still have that pot or pan that’s burnt and blackened on the inside? Pour some cola into the pan and let it simmer over low heat. Then simply rinse well, scrub, and make your pot as good as new.

Remove stains: Cola is particularly affective for removing stains on ceramics. You can pour a can or two into the toilet bowl for a soak to remove any discoloration. Let it sit for a few minutes, then just flush away the stains.

While it may sound unusual, cola can be a handy substitute for many cleaning products, and may surprise you with its effectiveness. It’s multipurpose, toxin-free, readily available, and can be much more than just a bubbly beverage.

Happy Cleaning!

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