Did you know that there is more to Coca-Cola than the refreshing taste and an iconic label?

Updated: Sep 29, 2021


We live in an everchanging and growing world. Across the globe, technology is constantly in new development, coming out with new products and brands for the public to purchase.

There are popular brand names that we have watched grow and become iconic. Like Coco Chanel’s “Chanel #5,” then there is Milton Glaser’s “I Love NY” is a logo known worldwide and sold on T-shirts, hats, and other accessories. Apple is another brand that has captured the public’s attention and become iconic and here to stay.


Then there is Coca-Cola! The brand got its start in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1886 by Dr. John Stith Pemberton, a pharmacist and morphine addict. In 1886 Pemberton concocted a mixture of sugar, water, coca leaf extracts, and the kola nut in his backyard. Pemberton added caffeine to the syrup mixture also and first marketed the concoction as a headache tonic.


Coca-Cola was introduced both medicinally and as a refreshing beverage. Pemberton discovered that the syrupy liquid was not only refreshing and exhilarating, but it could also relieve exhaustion and indigestion. The delicious drink was first marketed in two ways as a great tasting beverage and a brain tonic, cure-all for nervous disorders.


Pemberton sold the recipe in 1881 to Asa G. Candler for $2300. Now Coca-Cola has flourished and become one of the most popular soft drinks across the globe. Coca-Cola has many other uses.

Brian Ousley and Richard Day with his can of Coca-Cola, which he drinks and uses on batteries. (Photo by Kat Day)

Coca-Cola is known for many other things besides just drinking it. “I clean my battery posts on my Dodge Van when they get corrosive,” states Artist Richard Day from Kansas City, Missouri.


Coca-Cola is great for defrosting your windshield in the winter, sprucing up your lawn, and making BBQ sauces. The tasty soda also aids in cleaning pans, getting rid of pests in the garden, and so much more! Other known uses for Coca-Cola include cleaning toilets, battery terminals, and getting rust off of tools. Look at the infographic below for more ideas.


Uses for Coca-Cola designed by Kat Day
Coca-Cola infographic designed by Kat Day

Coca-Cola is not only a popular, refreshing, and world-known soda. It also has benefits for around the house and is used for many other things. Brands come alive when we learn more about them!



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