Cleaning with coffee: it works!

Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.

– George Bernard Shaw

It seems like it shouldn’t work. Coffee stains cups, and it certainly doesn’t help to get things clean once it’s wet. However, there are some very clever uses for coffee in your home, our favourites of which are listed below.


1. Fridge: coffee is great at getting rid of bad smells. Leave some open coffee grounds at the back of your fridge to catch any odours before they get nasty.

2. Cutlery: coffee is a great scourer, so use it on tough dirt before dish soap.

3. Fireplace: put wet coffee grounds on ash in the fireplace, and they’ll be much easier to sweep up.

4. Dishes: if you’ve got non-porous dishes with dried-on grime, scrub them with coffee for a thorough clean, then wash as normal.


Want to find out more?

Check out the sources we used to compile this list:

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds

20 Unusual Uses for Coffee