Is Coca Cola a Cleaning Product? Myth or Miracle?

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Is Coca Cola a Cleaning Product? Myth or Miracle?

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Is Coca Cola a Cleaning Product? Myth or Miracle?


In 1886 in a laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia, a pharmacist by the name of Dr. John Pemberton accidentally discovered what would become one of the most popular beverages in the world. By mixing a syrupy solution with carbonation, Dr. Pemberton created what we now know as Coca Cola.

At the steep price of five cents each, the city of Atlanta sold about five or six glasses of Coke daily. Today, Coca Cola boasts over 300 products, which bring profits of over 41 billion dollars annually.

The bulk of those sales derive from the original Coca Cola. But, it seems to people use the beverage for more than just a refreshing drink.

Cleaning claims for Coca Cola:

Years ago, when you spilled a glass of Coke on your linoleum kitchen floor, you’d end up taking a layer of wax off when you cleaned it up. That’s because Coca Cola contains 2.8 parts of phosphoric acid. You will find the same amount of phosphoric acid in battery acid. This feature causes Coca Cola to double as a cleaning agent for several household chores such as the following:

  • Cleaning the rust stains out of the toilet bowl
  • Dissolving the soap scum and stains from sinks and tubs
  • Cleaning the bumper rust from your car
  • The rumour exists that Coca Cola delivery drivers use it to clean their car engines

While the acid in Coca Cola might dissolve dirt, grease, and grime due to its acid content, it also contains plenty of sugar. Sugar, of course, doesn’t represent the best cleaning agent and may attract insects and other vermin. Sugar may also eventually result in worse stains.

As a side note, the combination of its acidic and sugar levels do indeed make Coca Cola taste good, but should cause you to think twice about overconsumption. Those who habitually drink Coca Cola also suffer from low levels of magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin A.

However, a few projects exist where you might find the use of Coca Cola useful:

  • Dipping rusted coins in Coca Cola brightens them up.
  • If you have cast iron pots with black stains, Coca Cola represents a fast way to get rid of those.
  • In the winter, if you need a trick to defrost your windscreen quickly, that bottle of Coke may come in handy.
  • Give a photograph a vintage look by placing it Coca Cola for a few seconds.

And, by the way, if you happen to prefer Pepsi, that’s fine. Pepsi contains the same phosphoric acid levels. Pepsi contains more citric flavouring while Coca Cola leans toward caramel and vanilla. So, if your fridge contains Pepsi and you want to clean up your coin collection, go ahead and try it.

A better cleaning solution:

Especially in today’s professional environments, you want to use environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning products. We pride ourselves on using products that fit that earth-friendly description and work! And, we routinely audit our suppliers to make sure we’re using the best products. We will make sure your office space provides a healthy environment for your workforce. A clean and pleasant area leads to happier and more productive employees.

At Regional Services we offer the following advantages:

  • Flexible Scheduling- We realize that not every business operates on a 9-5 schedule, so we will clean your office when convenient for you. We offer morning, evening, and weekend cleaning services
  • Deep cleaning services- Give your space a restored look and feel with our deep cleaning services. We even make your office kitchen spotless.
  • Great for the planet-We help you reduce your carbon footprint with our non-toxic cleaners.


With over 600 satisfied clients in London, we possess the know-how to take care of your cleaning needs too. For more information on our cleaning services and environmentally safe cleaners, please contact us here.

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Regional Services are an experienced commercial and office cleaning company based in London. Regional Services are an award winning and fully accredited cleaning company who provide a full range of facility management services and expertise including cleaning, maintenance, waste removal, pest control, gardening and more.


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