Coke vs. water-Truth! and Fiction!

The Many Uses of Coke in Addition to Drinking It-Truth! & Fiction!



Summary of eRumor: 
There are several versions of emails circulating on the Internet about Coca-Cola.  Some criticize it from a nutritional and health standpoint.  Others, such as the one below, depict it as a kind of cleaning fluid that people drink as a beverage.  Some versions also contrast that with the suggested health benefits of water.  

The Truth:

There is a list of allegations.  We’ll try to take them one at a time.  Refer to the full version below for the details.  
For information on the water portion of any emails that compare Coke versus water,
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Critics of Coke (and some other soft drinks) say that if the beverages will do corrosive things, why drink them?

Defenders, including the folks at Coca-Cola, say there are many foods that have substances like acids in them such as fruit juices and buttermilk, and that the body seems to handle them just fine.  The operative substance is phosphoric acid, which, in pure form, can eat through metal.  Edible acids, however, should not be compared with them, according to the defenders.  

Here is the list.  If you have any of the answers, let us know:

 1.  The highway patrol carrying Coke to clean up blood at car accidents.  Unproven! (Help us out) If this is true, we haven’t found it.
2.  A t-bone steak will be eaten away by Coke in two days.  Unproven! (Help us out)
3.  Clean a toilet with Coke.  Truth!  According to, the popular household hint guru Mary Ellen says some coke in the toilet for an hour can do the trick.
 4.  Remove stains from vitreous china. 
Truth!  According to columnist Heloise.
 5.  Use Coke and a ball of aluminum foil for rust on chrome. 
Truth!  According to Joey Greene’s
 6.  Clean corrosion from car battery terminals. 
Truth!  This is true of a lot of carbonated beverages.
 7.  Use a Coke-soaked cloth to loosen a rusted bolt. 
Truth!  According to Mary Ellen.
 8.  Use a can of Coke in a load of greasy laundry. 
Truth!  According to Mary Ellen.
 9.  Dissolve a nail in 4 days in Coke. 
Unproven! (Help us out)
10. Hazardous materials signs are required on trucks carrying Coke concentrate. reader Marilyn writes:  
My husband and I drive the big rigs and often carried Pepsi products…and it is true of all soda in the concentrated form…YES we did have to put the hazardous placards up for the load. Also the driver has to have passed the hazardous material test and have that on his CDL’s (Commercial Driver’s License)