Coke Gets The Blood Stains Out

Coca-cola is a magical elixir that can do so many things, like clean blood stains from fabric!

You can also kill slugs with it, neutralize a jellyfish sting, clean your car battery terminals, clean your engine, and improve the quality of your compost.

Wow, and I thought it just refreshed you and increase your risk of diabetes. Thanks, knowledge!

51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List [Wise Bread via Len Penzo]


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  1. Hoss says:

    Gets rust off chrome too

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      …and it’s perfect for rinsing corrosion off of car batteries like a hot knife through butter.

    • Viciouspixie says:

      Any metal really.. I’ve used it to get at rusted nuts and bolts on a yacht. Great rust remover.

  2. jdmba says:

    I believe it is also good at removing enamel from teeth :)

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Please show your work.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      My husband’s old dentist did research on soda’s effects on teeth and she said that it only takes a few days for atooth to dissolve in coke. I am tempted to take one of my child’s old baby teeth to test this.

  3. fantomesq says:

    Mythbusters put many of these to the test and coke failed on most of these – largely urban legend.

  4. LaziestManOnMars says:

    Is using CocaCola to remove blood stains an approved Harry Morgan technique for anti-hero serial killers?

    • tgrwillki says:

      Harry Morgan prefers bleach, so that the blood becomes de-natured. they can still tell there was blood, but not match it to anybody.

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

        That may be enough evidence to convict, though, even without a full 100% match of the source.

        The best way to get away with it is never kill anyone cute enough to get media attention.

        • The Porkchop Express says:

          That would be why my victims are always single, fat, ugly, white men with an income no higher than $55K a year.

      • LaziestManOnMars says:

        Harry Morgan and my Italian grandmother have a lot in common.

  5. dohtem says:

    Plan B. Quick, someone help me dig up Mr. Smith.

  6. babyruthless says:

    Rubbing ice on a bloodstain works quite well, too, as long as the blood is fresh.

    • newsbunny says:

      Cold water. I had to get quite a bit of blood out of my verrrrry expensive winter bike clothes after a nasty accident this winter. I was quite pleased with how quickly the blood came out of my Gore-Tex jacket and my soaked like you would not believe Gore-Tex gloves.

      Direct and even pressure to the wound that later required 21 stitches is very messy.

      DO NOT put the stuff in the dryer between washes as you’re trying to get the blood out. The heat will set the stain.

      I will be well-dressed for my next catastrophic bike accident.

  7. the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

    Doesn’t that then leave a brown stain? Just curious, but I’m sure I’ve stained shirts with cola.

    What worked REALLY well (and is less expensive), which I learned while working with patients with fragile skin, is good-old hydrogen peroxide. Cleaned a couple ounces of blood (some dried) out of a white cotton sweater.

  8. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    you could use it to clean blood stains from fabric, but then how do you get the coke stains out?
    personally i prefer a little hydrogen peroxide. or if it’s a delicately dyed fabric, stretch it over a bowl and pour cold water through it from high enough [a few inches] that it imparts a little force when it hits the fabric.
    and no, i’m not a serial killer. but as a diabetic constantly sticking my finger for glucose samples, i find i need to get blood out of my clothes kind of a lot.

  9. Big Mama Pain says:

    So Coke gets out blood stains….and then you have a Coke stain…? Seriously, a lot of these match the same claims as club soda; don’t the bubbles have more to do with anything than the Coke?

    And the kidney stones claim is just downright scary- soda (particularly diet) has been linked to increased risk of kidney stones!

  10. Torgonius wants an edit button says:

    Coke gets permanent marker off a white board

    • Grogey says:

      A dry erase marker will take permanent marker off to. Not immediately, you need to work at it.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      so does rubbing alcohol or vodka. i’ve accidentally written on my fridge with sharpie instead of dry erase marker quite a few times

      • The Porkchop Express says:

        you’re not using the Vodka the right way. You put it in your belly and…viola, you don’t care about the marker on the fridge

  11. stopmakingsense says:

    The best for blood is Hydrogen Peroxide. Make sure you test the fabric first though if it is dyed. May take quite a few dabbings, but it’s the best to get the job done.

  12. chaesar says:

    a lot of these uses are from the phosphoric acid. if you want a stronger concentration of this for rust removal, buy naval jelly

  13. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    My mom always used Lestoil.

  14. schiff says:

    Police/Fire have used coke to clean blood off roads for years.

    • audiochick says:

      Someone didn’t read to the very end of the article…

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Really? Because anyone who is familiar with bloodborne pathogen practices/training and bio-hazard disposal laws would tell you that only an idiot would do something like that, and risks a heavy fine/lawsuit.

      Did a friend of a friend tell you that he saw that happen?

      • schiff says:

        Actually I have seen it first hand on sidewalks in NYC after suicide leaps. As for the disease concerns, they always douse affected areas with bleach solutions however that rarely removes the stains. Coke does the trick. Hwy crews have also been known to substitute coke to clean up stains from roadkill.

  15. JulesNoctambule says:

    I prefer a paste of table salt and white vinegar — takes off rust stains better than anything else I’ve tried.

    • Big Mama Pain says:

      Ever used Bar Keeper’s Friend? I find that stuff to be magical in removing practically anything stuck on, rust included.

  16. blogger X says:

    HFCS FTW!!!

  17. David says:

    Everything that Coke can do, tap water can do better. This list just a collection of myths, many of which were debunked by easy to find resources like snopes and Mythbusters. Nice research job Consumerist.

  18. FangDoc says:

    I’ve always heard urine is best for jellyfish stings.

    Ergo, Coke = urine?

    I doubt that’s one the folks from Atlanta want propagated.

  19. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    It’s the best thing to have around if you don’t haev any WD-40 either. It cuts through corrosion and rust like no other!

  20. YoorCriptonite says:

    Well, from this we can conclude one thing-

    Chuck Norris urinates Coca-Cola.

  21. LACubsFan says:

    Coke is my toilet cleaner. I’ll buy a 2 litter bottle once a month and pour it in the top tank and flush once. Let the coke work it’s magic for about 15 minutes and I’ll flush again. Not only does it clean the top tank and all the parts, the bowl sparkles afterwords. It’s like an upper decker in reverse :)

  22. mattlohkamp says:

    hey, and it even tastes good!

  23. G00MAN says:

    Urban legend labeled as Science?!

  24. H3ion says:

    For those who park in indoor garages and have concrete leach onto their car finish, Coke and a soft rag work wonders in getting the finish back to new. Besides, you can drink what you don’t use on the car.

  25. FrugalFreak says:

    Flat Coca Cola Settles Stomachs

  26. chiieddy says:

    And what gets the coke out? Hydrogen Peroxide gets blood out. We had a home invasion where a meth addict broke our window and crawled through it and got blood all over our carpet (we don’t live there anymore) and it worked like a charm. No stains.

  27. Wei says:

    Makes great pulled pork :)

    -pork butt/shoulder
    -6 hrs in a slow cooker on high covered in coke
    -add BBQ sauce

  28. madtube says:

    You know what really works? Putting plastic wrap down and wearing paper gown. After you are done, burn the plastic and paper gown. There, problem solved. ;)-

  29. pyramus says:

    The best way to get rid of fresh blood on fabric–assuming we are talking about a spot and not a hemorrhage–is to apply saliva, and the best saliva is your own. I mean, if that’s your own blood.

    Let’s try that again. Your own saliva has enzymes that efficiently break down your own blood, so if you have cut yourself at work and gotten a drop or two on your pants, just dab on some saliva with your fingertip. Works for me.

  30. jake.valentine says:

    In the Marines we used it to strip wax of off floors. Once I saw it work better than actual floor stripper, I stopped drinking the stuff. That stuff is horrible for your body.