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02/21/2012 03:13 pm ET | Updated Oct 02, 2012

5 New Uses For Coca Cola

Remember in the Michael J. Fox movie Doc Hollywood when the old country doctor tells him that you can pretty much cure anything with a can of Coca-Cola? He was partially right. Since the first glass was poured in 1886, people have enjoyed it as a beverage as well as finding other unofficial uses as well. The jingle was right; things really do go better with Coca-Cola. Here are some of our favorite uses for Coca-Cola.

Flickr photo by DeusXFlorida

Compost Helper
A flat bottle of Coke can come in handy if you're into composting. Simply pour the soda over the pile. Coke's mildly acidic nature will help break down organic matter, while its sweetness helps attract micro-organisms that aid in the composting process.

Stomach Relief
Take this with a grain of salt -- or really, a sip of Coke. There's an old wive's tale that Coca-Cola can relieve a stomach ache due to the soda's carbonation. Hey, it's worked for me...

Kitchen Cleaner
If your kitchen counters, stove or microwave get a little greasy after a marathon cooking session take out the coke can. Pour a little bit of the soda onto a sponge and wipe the counter down. Coke acts like a degreaser. Just make sure you wipe the counter down a second time with water; this way the counter will not be sticky.

Insect Distractor
We all know that bugs go crazy for sweet things -- let's use that knowledge to our advantage. If you're having a barbeque, leave a small cup of coke on the ground a few feet away from your patio. The scent will get the attention of all the little critters and drawing them to the soda instead of your picnic table.

Grout Cleaner
If the tile grout on your bathroom floor is looking a little...interesting...reach for a can of Coke. The acid in the soda combined with the carbonation packs a 1-2 punch against ground-in dirt. Simply pour over the tile, let sit for a few minutes, then clean the floor as usual.

What are your favorite other uses for Coca-Cola? Share them with me in the comments.

Your trusty blogger, posing with a statue of Coca-Cola inventor Dr. John Pemberton outside of the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta.