Coffee may not be quite as versatile as tea when it comes to household use, but it can still get more jobs done than you think. Forget trying to use coffee as a cure for a hangover and instead repurpose coffee for alternative uses that actually work. Some of these uncommon uses for your coffee call for what you might call wasting your valuable resource while others allow you to simply reuse what has already been brewed.
If your refrigerator or freezer are knocking you upside the head with an unpleasant odor when you open the door, you can call upon coffee to come to the rescue. This is one of those alternative uses of your coffee that will require a little sacrifice. A cup of fresh coffee grounds placed into a refrigerator or freezer that is overwhelmed with unwanted smells can soak up the offensive odor usually overnight. If the appliance does not smell better by then, replace with a new cup of coffee grounds and try again.
Got a piece of clothing that you want to darken or dye brown? Brew up enough strong coffee to soak the attire completely within. Allow enough time for the dark beverage to soak fully into the fibers of the fabric and, for best results, allow to air dry.
Get Thee to a Bathroom
Piping hot coffee can have a laxative effect on some people. If you find yourself stuck in the midst of a bout of constipation and nothing else seems to get the digestive process moving again, try brewing up some strong coffee.
Believe it or not, but used coffee grounds can actually help clear a clogged drain. Pour your used grounds down the drain and then follow with steaming hot water straight from the faucet until water drains freely.
Clearing Away Pet “Presents”
When your dog or cat has left you an undesirable little gift on the floor that is causing the entire room to fall under the influence of its ripe odor, you can use coffee you have already brewed to help dissipate the lingering effects. Warm up the coffee and pour into a baking dish and then place the baking dish in the room your pet mistook for a toilet. By the time the coffee has gone cold, the room should be stench-free.
Most any type of dessert that calls for alcohol as a recipe can be made virgin style by simply replacing the alcohol with an equal amount of black coffee. Desserts that are made with chocolate are especially suitable to this substitution.
Coffee grounds that have been lightly moistened can be sprinkled over an outdoor concrete surface like a patio, walkway or driveway to assist in sweeping it clean. The coffee grounds are an effective addition because they help to keep dirt particles remain in contact with the surface which makes for more efficient sweeping while also stopping them from rising into the air as dust.
Coffee grounds can be useful additions to your gardening tasks. Use coffee grounds can be added to our mixture of fertilizer or mulch as the occasion demands. Instead of pouring stale coffee down the drain, use it to keep your compost pile moist.