Can I use Coca Cola as a drain cleaner?
Coke or Pepsi are great for vanquishing a clog! Everyone’s heard about how a nail will dissolve in a glass of coke over time, and although most of us know this is a stretch, coke is arguably better than many commercial chemical clog removers because of its strong dissolving agents.
Most over-the-counter drain cleaners, unless they are enzyme-based, contain sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda. It works by increasing the alkalinity of the water in the drain until it is high enough to dissolve clogs. Stronger ones for professional use, on the other hand, usually contain sulfuric acid, which raises the pH in the opposite direction. The phosphoric acid in Coke works in the same way as sulfuric acid but not as quickly. It is a weaker acid and present in a much smaller concentration in Coke than sulfuric acid in drain cleaner. Consequently, you have to leave it in the drain longer.
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