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Surprise! Here’s What You Can Clean with Coffee Grounds

A person scoops up coffee grounds with a spoon.
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When you think of household items that double as great cleaners, vinegar and baking soda likely come to mind. But there’s one thing you might be overlooking, as it seems a bit counterintuitive.

We’re talking about coffee grounds. Huh? Yes, really! Whether you use a drip coffee maker, a French press, or a pour-over coffee maker, you can put those old coffee grounds to use!

Those who are looking to embrace more of a no-waste approach can convert their used coffee grounds into an effective scrubbing agent. Because they’re abrasive, coffee grounds can be used to clean everything from countertops to pots and pans.

If you have some stubborn, stuck-on remnants on your cookware, simply combine one or two tablespoons of coffee grounds with some warm, soapy water. Then, clean the item with a non-abrasive sponge (you don’t want too much scrubbing, as that can ruin your pot or pan).

Scotch-Brite Scrub Dots Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge

Use this sponge with your coffee grounds.

As another bonus, coffee is also an effective degreaser, so you can be sure your cookware will be extra clean.

According to Polly Shearer, interiors expert at Tap Warehouse, you can also use those leftover grounds to scrub down tile and other surfaces. She recommended combining one to two tablespoons of grounds with soapy water. This method can also be used to improve the appearance of wood.

“Soak a spoonful of coffee with warm water and gently rub on the surface,” Shearer said. “This will minimize the appearance of scratches and stains.”

So, next time you’re about to chuck those grounds, save them in a can to use later during your pre-holiday cleaning. And if you have any leftover, there are tons of other things you can do with them.

[Via Country Living U.K.]

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »

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