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Fighting Burnt Food Smells? Coffee Can Help

Burnt food is inside of a skillet.
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When you burn a meal, not only do you lose perfectly good food, but your home is also filled with that awful burnt food smell. No one wants that, but if you’re a fan of coffee, there’s a clever way to get rid of the scent.

You can use coffee beans to eliminate burnt food odor in a few different ways. If you don’t mind sacrificing some beans, you’ve got a solution sitting right inside your pantry.

This trick might not come as a surprise if you’re a regular visitor to the perfume counter. Department stores often place containers of coffee beans with perfume samples because smelling those beans can clear a perfume’s scent from your nose. Using beans in your house works the same way.

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If you burnt something in the microwave, use this handy tool to clean it and remove the smell.

After you’ve burnt something, immediately remove it from your home. Grab a few small bowls and fill them with coffee beans, sitting them around your kitchen and in any other spaces where the smell has spread. The nitrogen in the beans will help mitigate the scent.

But that’s not the only way coffee can help. If you burnt an item in a pan or on a baking sheet or dish, used or fresh grounds make for an effective way to remove any burnt-on food and eliminate odor from the item. Simply add a few grounds to a rag or non-abrasive sponge and scrub your pan, being careful not to scratch the surface.

Sure, you’ll have lost a meal, but once you’ve set out a few coffee beans and scrubbed that pan, go ahead and order takeout. You deserve it.

Shea Simmons Shea Simmons
Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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