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10 Ways to Save It With Soda

Preserve flowers, moisten a roasted ham and see how soda solves 8 other everyday problems.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Clean car battery terminals
Yes, it’s true, the acidic properties of soda will help to eliminate corrosion from your car battery. Nearly all carbonated soft drinks contain carbonic acid, which helps to remove stains and dissolve rust deposits. Pour some soda pop over the battery terminals and let it sit. Remove the sticky residue with a wet sponge.

Loosen rusted-on nuts and bolts
Stop struggling with rusted-on nuts and bolts. Soda can help to loosen any rusted-on nuts and bolts. Soak a rag in the soda pop and wrap it around the bolt for several minutes.

Remove rust spots from chrome
Are you babying an older car — you know, one of those babies that have real chrome on the outside? If the chrome is developing small rust spots, you can remove them by rubbing the area with a crumpled piece of aluminum foil dipped in cola.

Make cut flowers last longer
Don’t throw away those last drops of soda. Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer. Note: If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, such as Sprite or 7-Up.

Clean your toilet
Eliminate dirt and odor with a simple can of soda. Pour into the toilet, let sit for an hour, then scrub and flush.

Keep drains from clogging
Slow drain and no drain cleaner in the house? Pour a 2-liter bottle of cola down the drain to help remove the clog.

Get gum out of hair
It’s inevitable — kids get gum in their hair. Put the gummy hair section in a bowl with some cola. Let soak for a few minutes and rinse.

Make a roast ham moist
Want to make your ham juicier? Pour a can of cola over your traditional ham recipe and follow regular baking instructions. Yum!

Clean your coins
Who wants dirty money? If coin collecting is your hobby, use cola to clean your stash. Place the coins in a small dish and soak in cola for a shimmering shine. Of course, you don’t want to do this with very rare and valuable coins.

Remove oil stains from concrete
Here’s how to remove oil stains from concrete driveways and garage floors: Gather up a small bag of cat litter, a few cans of cola, a stiff bristle broom, bucket, laundry detergent, bleach, eye protection, and rubber gloves. Cover the stain with a thin layer of cat litter and brush it in. Sweep up the litter and pour cola to cover the area. Work the cola in with a bristle broom, and leave the cola for about twenty minutes. Mix 1/4 cup laundry detergent with 1/4 cup bleach in 1 gallon (3.7 liters) warm water and use it to mop up the mess.