Coffee grounds are abrasive, which makes them a great cleaning scrub for pots, pans, ovens and foul-smelling fridge drawers. Scrubbing away at those tough kitchen stains can often seem like a never-ending chore, but used coffee could be the answer you're looking for.
"We've all heard about lemon juice and vinegar acting as great natural cleaning products for the home, but coffee also has multiple benefits to keep your kitchen spick and span," Polly Shearer, interiors expert at Tap Warehouse, says.
Looking for some simple cleaning tips? Take a look at what you can do once you've had your morning caffeine fix...
1. Scrubbing pans
The coarse texture of ground coffee makes it ideal for scrubbing those hard-to-clean pans – and is much better for the environment than abrasive sponges. All you need to do is combine two to three teaspoons of ground coffee with warm, soapy water, and scrub the pans with a soft sponge until clean. Coffee is a natural degreaser, so your pans will be spotless in no time.
2. Cleaning the grill and oven
Removing dirt, grease and grime from your oven is no easy feat. Having trouble getting yours clean? According to the experts at Tap Warehouse, the acidity in coffee makes it brilliant for removing tough stains.
Polly explains: "Soak your grill grates in the sink for about 45 minutes in a solution of warm water and a few spoonfuls of coffee, (even instant coffee will do), and you'll find the tough stains will melt off, leaving you with a grill that's as good as new. This also works just as well for barbecue grills."
3. Fridge and bin smells
Looking to banish lingering food smells? Kitchen bins and fridges are a magnet for bacteria, but coffee is another great secret ingredient that can help banish bad smells for good.
To try this at home, all you need to do is place coffee grounds or a few beans in a cup in your fridge. Coffee is a great absorber of odours, so it can be used to keep your fridge smelling fresh. The same can be done with your bin; simply place a teaspoon of coffee at the bottom before you put in the bin bag and any bad odours will fade.
4. Cleaning surfaces
"Coffee is also great for removing hard-to-clean stains from tiles — mix a few teaspoons of instant coffee or used grounds with soapy water and you'll have your very own surface cleanser," says Polly.
"This method can also be used on wooden surfaces that have scratches - soak a spoonful of coffee with warm water and gently rub on the surface. This will minimise the appearance of scratches and stains."
5. Unblocking the sink
Kitchen sink not draining? Try pouring coffee grounds into the sink followed by liquid soap and boiling water. A great way to use up old grounds, this will help clear any blockages and leave your sink odour free in no time.
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