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Video:How to Clean a Toilet With Coca Cola

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Tough lime stains inside your bowl? Only got a few minutes and a Coke? No problem. See how to clean your toilet with Coca Cola.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean a Toilet With Coca Cola

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com with today's 90 second quick tip. What contains a little over 140 calories, about 80 percent of the maximum amount of added sugar the average adult should consume in day according to the World Health Organization, as well as trace amounts of phosphoric acid? Well, let's just say in addition to being one of the world's most popular cans of cola, it's also great for a few other things. Like cleaning your toilet. Check it out.

Add Coca Cola to the Toilet

Start by pouring a generous amount of Coca Cola into your commode - using a plastic bottle might make it easier to reach under the bowl's edge, where lime and other stains are likely to build up. Be sure to work from the top down and cover the entire surface of the inside of your privy, and allow the soda to sit for about 10 or 15 minutes.

How Coca Cola Cleans

There's a fair amount of controversy and some wild claims about the many uses of Coca Cola, not the least of which is that highway patrol officers use the beverage to clean blood stains off of pavement, which is most likely an urban legend. However, there is no denying that Coke can be used to break apart and remove rust, and is routinely used in hospitals to clean gunk out of plastic gastrointestinal tubes in patients. Yum.

Scrub and Clean the Toilet

Next, scrub the inside of your john with an abrasive brush, being sure to attack any obvious stains. At this point, the phosphoric acid in the cola should have broken down any stubborn ones, and should wipe away easily. Once you've brushed the entire pot, flush, and your porcelain throne should be spotless. Of course, natural solutions like vinegar and baking soda will also to the trick, but sometimes you just can't beat the real thing.

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