Several kitchen staples can be used to clean and deodorize items around the home. Baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar top the list. Coffee is less often thought of, but there are a number of ways you can take advantage of your favorite morning brew as a cleaning hack and then some.
1. Deodorize the fridge
Stale or spoiled food can leave a lingering odor in your refrigerator. Place a bowl of dry grounds in the fridge to neutralize the air. Thanks to its potent smell, coffee makes a powerful deodorizer.
2. Deodorize your trash can
Line the bottom of a new trash bag with coffee grounds to neutralize pungent smells in your trash.
3. Scour your pots and pans
The grounds can be used to scrub away grease, grime, soot, and grit from your pots, pans, and other kitchenware.
4. Keep bugs from your plants
Place a circle of coffee grounds on the soil around your plants. The grounds produce a strong scent and an acidity that deter bugs, slugs, and maggots from your plants. The smell will also discourage cats or dogs from marking your garden.
5. Use as a fertilizer or add to a compost pit
Mix your leftover grounds with kitchen scraps like fruit peels. Coffee has trace minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and nitrogen, which make it ideal as compost or as a fertilizer.
6. Hide scratches in wood
Dip a clean cottonbud into steeped coffee grounds and apply onto scratches on wooden surfaces to minimize their appearance.
7. Hand scrub
Use leftover grounds to scrub your hands clean, especially after handling smelly foods like fish and garlic.