Now that we’re winding down from the construction of our new kitchen, I’m in major de-clutter mode. One of the rooms hard-hit with clutter was my office. Since my daughter, Kristi, was coming over to help me with a Power Point presentation I’m doing at RT in a couple of weeks, I figured the least I could was spiff the place up a little.
As I was cleaning off my desk, buried at the very bottom of a stack of papers was an email I’d printed out years ago. I guess I thought the information contained within was so intriguing, it was worth keeping.
But in that time, I’d gotten a little wiser. And more skeptical. So I did a little checking on the validity of that email–which made claims about Coca-Cola and all its, well, intriguing properties.
Now, I’m a Pepsi girl myself and can tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke. And after reading about the cola, I can’t help worrying if it was all true, that drinking a can of Diet Pepsi every day could eventually dissolve my bones.
Maybe you got this same email:
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and …….Let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, And run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.
1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its Ph is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about 4 days.
2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use the Hazardous material place cards reserved for Highly corrosive materials.
3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
Still want to drink up?
Now, just so one of the big men in suits don’t stumble upon my little blog this morning and make me regret what we’re talking about, I went searching to see if Coca-Cola had any response to these claims.
The company claimed to be unaware of officers using the soda to clean pavement, citing the cost as prohibitive and that water or vinegar would be equally effective. Vinegar is naturally acidic and would soften an egg shell, yet it’s explained that vinegar ‘is completely safe as a food ingredient and enhances the flavor of many foods.’ They also go on to advise consumers to use the proper household products when cleaning or removing rust.
They claim that the email was all myths. Except the ham gravy part. Coke makes delicious gravy, evidently.
Now I’d like to know if you tried any of these myths to see if they were true? Ever use Coke in your laundry? Dissolve a steak in it? Clean your battery?
If so, do tell!
Do you use any other kinds of food to clean with? Your mother? Grandmother?
We’d love to know!