How to Use Coffee Beans for an Air Freshener

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How to Use Coffee Beans for an Air Freshener
Coffee beans absorb odours, making them a simple air freshener. (ULTRA.F/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you've ever brewed coffee from beans stored in an open container in your refrigerator, you know that coffee beans absorb odours. While this is not a desirable characteristic for your morning brew, it is a useful trick to use when you need a simple, natural way to deodorise your home or car. Though you may want to use cheaper beans for deodorising, while saving the more expensive ones for drinking.

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Things you need

  • Coffee beans
  • Small bowls

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    Pour coffee beans into an small bowl without a lid.

  2. 2

    Distribute bowls around the house in rooms that need freshening like the bathroom or kitchen.

  3. 3

    Place a bowl of coffee beans in the fridge or freezer to absorb unwanted odours left by other foods.

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    Rub coffee beans over any surfaces that hold unwanted odours, like kitchen countertops. You can also rub a few coffee beans in your hand after chopping garlic or onions. The oils from the coffee beans will absorb the smells and help any surface to smell fresh.

Tips and warnings

  • You can use breathable cotton bags to create coffee bean sachets rather than bowls, if desired.
  • Used coffee grounds also work as an air freshener.

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