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The Banning of Coca-Cola and Pepsi
March 1, 2017

In the Indian State of Tamil Nadu the sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi  have been banned.  This is to support local products.

The trading associations behind the ban say that the manufacture of these drinks take too much water from the  rivers and leave farmers struggling to irrigate their land at a time of severe drought.

In support of  Coca-Cola and Pepsi  it is said that they provide direct employment to two thousand families in Tamil Nadu and more than five thousand families indirectly.

Now I have to laugh.

I will tell you why.

My parents never let me drink these things.   I had to sneak out and taste them secretly.  I was never much of a fan of these products.   That is because I learned that when I was just a little child, these ‘soft drinks’ were used them to clean the Toilet bowl.


We used them as Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

My friends in Cuba use Coke and Pepsi to clean car engines, and testify how good they work.

When I was little, my folks used Coke and Pepsi to clean the toilet.   They would pour the Coke or Pepsi into the toilet and let it sit for thirty minutes.   Then  use the toilet brush to clean the toilet.   It works very well.

When I got older one of the many retail products was used, instead of the soft drink.   This is because, as my mother told me, when you have a little child you have to be very careful of poisoning.  That a little child could by some accident when the parent or caregiver takes his or her eyes off the child for a few seconds, the child could poison themselves.

When you have little children you can’t have any poison in the house.   Just in case something happens and the little child takes the poison.

When I had children I used Coca Cola to clean my toilet.   I would buy one can of it, carry it home, and at night, when the children were in bed, pour it into the toilet.  Sometimes it sat all night, sometimes I would clean it before I went to sleep.

I say all this because there is absolutely no nutritional value in soft drinks.  In fact, they probably have negative value.

It is much wiser to raise your children to drink real fruit juice and coconut water and plain water, than soft drinks.

So I would suggest those who protest the ban in Tamil Nadu repackage their product as Toilet Bowl cleaner.


    1. I do agree. Coca-cola and Pepsi are to some people (won’t deny it, also me) a very good drink but it is full of chemichals that are harful to us, especially for children. Is has high levels of caffeine and sugar, without all the other chemichals that are more harmful.

      For it to be able to clean toilets and engines well, then it has a chemichal that shouldn’t be in a drink and that is what get our stomach all messed up.

      If these drinks got banned from the world people would be mad but they should make it as a cleaning product since it does so well.

      Another thing is children shouldn’t drink this either, like you said fruit juice is the best especially when they are still in a growing fase.

      Not to be a bad mouth but those that let they young ones drink this drink are kind of bad parents (so to say, not saying that they are but is the only expression i found). They are feeding poison to their own children and then they wonder how their children get sick so often. It is because they don’t have the necessary vitamins they could be getting if they had been drinking some fruit juice.

      • I totally agree with you. You might as well give your children cigarettes if you are giving them cola. It is bad for you.

      • If choosing between a fruit juice and coke/pepsi, I will prefer juice. However, real fruits are better than juice. That said, I think one place where I can’t do without coke/pepsi is when I am having a Pizza or a burger- even those two eatables I now eat much much less as the fine flour and other things which are hard to digest in them is not good for health.

    2. I like your sense of humor. Even though it’s funny what you said, your suggestion actually make business sense. It does to me anyway. But I’m not a Coke or Pepsi executive.

      First of all, those soft drink companies won’t be crushed from the lack of sales of their products. Sure! They provide jobs. But they would still provide jobs if the product was sold as a toilet cleaner. I mean … unless folks in Tamil Nadu don’t buy toilet cleaner products. (O.o)

      Why don’t the soft drink companies support the local businesses instead of compete with them? They can get creative and come up with ways to develop and improve business relations. They could try being “socially responsible” and who knows? It could turn out to be quite profitable. For a business to survive, owners and management need to adapt. Coca Cola didn’t start out as a soft drink. It was once used for medicinal purposes. So? They switched once. Why not switch again? Either that or … accept being banned. I’m not a business expert. But I do know banning is not good for business! 🙂

      • I have always used it as toilet bowl cleaner. It is far safer than other products. If you spill any on your skin… so? If it splashes… so? It works and it works out pretty cheap.

        • The sad truth is “Coke” is my “crack”. I admit it. It’s a horrible addiction. But I have it under control although every once in a while I give in to temptation. I don’t know what it is. I like that burn going down my throat. I don’t know why. I can’t explain it. It was a bad habit developed during my childhood and 60 years later I’m still trying to shake it off! LOL. 🙂

          • I had a friend who was physcially addicted to Coke. She needed it to such an extent… I don’t know, maybe there’s still some cocaine in it.

            • The formula is a secret and protected as proprietary information. But you might be right. 🙂

            • Same here, I was addicted to coke for years. To think there was a time I couldn’t tell the difference between coke and pepsi. All I took was fanta, but the day I started with coke and saw how refreshing it was, I never looked back. In the morning, I would use coke to gargle my mouth to start the day. Every weekend I will buy coke for myself only, I’m happy it was just me, my kids and husband never drank coke. I finally stopped taking coke two years ago, and I had no withdrawal syndrome.

    3. I have heard of that contention about Coca Cola and Pepsi being good at cleaning toilet bowls. But I didn’t actually believe it much, until you posted this.

      Can it really make a white toilet bowl so white? Or it can just clean mildly?

      Then why when I drink Coca Cola, I don’t feel any acidity in my stomach if it has the effect of a toilet bowl cleaner?

      And maybe if it has the effect of a toilet bowl cleaner indeed, then perhaps the FDA will not approve it anymore to be sold as soft drink that can be drank by the people.

      My thoughts. . . 🙂

      • Flush the toilet and shut off the valve so no new water comes in. Pour the coke into the toilet. Let it sit. Thirty minutes or more. Then come back, use your brush. Should be sparkling clean.

      • It not only works as a toilet cleaner but it also gets corrosion off a car battery.

    4. On a lighter side, perhaps sometimes they can be had to ward off harmful worms from our stomachs- its another matter that some good worms too will be eliminated.

      • I don’t know what value it has on the body… my mother used to say if I drink it all my guts will turn the same colour. I just don’t consume stuff with no value.

    5. Yes all soda products are
      Bad for human to drink
      Great for cleaning engine..car batteries

    6. I stop drinking coke in 1997, I sensed it as a bad drink.

    7. I agree soft drinks ar so bad and real suice are great thing to drink, pepsi is poison, but maybe we should allow it once a week but not ban it fullly to allow the addict on these drinks to drink it

    8. Even though I am a fan of sodas, I strongly agree that it is not good for our health. I read from an article that a glass of soda is equal to a week of jogging. For me, it is totally fine to ban the sodas because it is for our good. There are lots of fruits that we can a juice and very much healthy.

    9. Yeah,it’s really bad for our health.

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