Gargle With Cola for Sore Throat

When a sore throat is beginning to develop, pull out the cola! Just gargle with any type of a cola (Dr. Pepper, Coke, Pepsi, favorite store brands of cola). Gargle and "spit" until the cola return looks like cola with no mucus. Do this as often as necessary! Sounds gross, but it works!


Source: Ole wives tale handed down through generations of my family.

By Joyce from Knoxville, TN

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September 27, 20090 found this helpful

I'm going to try that. Phosphoric acid is in cola I think and maybe it's that. An acid environment with fizzing to get in crevices of throat. Bacteria doesn't like acid.

October 1, 20090 found this helpful

I have heard this advice, too. I tried it one time and it did not help me at all. It probably works for some and not others. The one thing that always helps me without fail is to gargle with salt water.


I think it's a matter of trying different things to see what works for you!

February 11, 20110 found this helpful

This probably works because of the salt in cola. Salt eases cold symptoms:

Unless you want to gain weight and rot your teeth, you'd be better off just using salt water. Take a cup of warm water add just enough salt to taste.

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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

She has really got to be kidding! She might as well be telling us to gargle with sugar water!

It may be the salt, or it may be the carbonation that is "supposed" to make this work, but for myself, I"ll stick with salt water or Listerine!


Much better for the rawness of a sore throat without putting all that sugar on it!


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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

Sorry everyone, but ascorbic acid in the soda isn't going to help a sore throat. At least not in my opinion. I will stick with tea and honey, which soothes. Like it was said though, it might work for some but not for others.

February 11, 20110 found this helpful

Bacteria may not like acid, but it loves sugar! This is dumb.

February 11, 20110 found this helpful

I use salt water, it works well. We don't drink soda, haven't for years.

February 13, 20110 found this helpful

I was going to say watch the dental hygiene, but after reading the other comments about acids, salt etc I am not sure I even want to drink cola again! I do know that Coke is the best thing for cleaning engine grease off a driveway. No wonder it takes mucus off the throat!

February 22, 20150 found this helpful

It makes sense to me. The salt, carbonation, etc in cola. I wouldn't swallow it though; that would eliminate the packing on the pounds problem. Plus reintroducing bacteria into body.


I would rinse with water when done to eliminate sugar on enamel.

February 22, 20150 found this helpful

Myself I don't think all the acid in soda does any good. My family always used and uses a raw onion when a sore throat is just beginning and it has helped from keeping it from getting a sore throat. It will burn because your throat is sore but it does work.

September 24, 20191 found this helpful

Coca cola does absolutely get rid of a sore throat instantly if you use it as soon as you get sore throat symptoms. I thought this was something that I came up with and didnt know that someone else was using it too for a sore throat.


It worked for me last year and it also worked for me again this year instantly. And it worked for someone else that I told to use it.

March 28, 20221 found this helpful

I don't like coke but it is my go to every time, all the other remedies might work, but not at the office, even all the herbal teas does not help as long as coke does.


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