How to Get Coffee Stains Out & Other Unconventional Coffee Questions

Coffee Questions

We live in an age of re-using. We are resourceful people who know how to make the most of what we’ve got. Sometimes we learn how to use our coffee in unique ways, and sometimes we need to simply know how to clean up our coffee stains.

Here are some coffee questions answered just for you:

Can Vinegar Get Coffee Stains Out?

Yes. Use white distilled vinegar to clean both your coffee maker and any spilled coffee. Stock up on the vinegar; it is simply a fabulous all-around-the-house cleaner.

For you coffee maker: Pour roughly one cup of vinegar in the reservoir. Run the vinegar through one brew cycle. Be sure to run two cycles of just good old plain water after the vinegar cycle. We love our vinegar, but we don’t want vinegar coffee. Now your coffee maker is free of grim and mineral deposits.

Coffee spills: Blot out the spill using a cloth and vinegar. You can also shake baking soda on the spill, then pour a bit of vinegar on top of the baking soda. It will bubble up, but watch it work magic. Remember to blot, blot, blot!

Can I Color My Hair with Coffee?

Surprisingly, yes you can. This is also a green way to dye your hair–no harsh chemicals. I know when I’m out of my league, so I’m going to direct you to some people who have actually tried it for step-by-step instructions.

eHow.com: How to dye hair with coffee.
Babbling Brooke: I tried it! Coffee as hair dye.

Is Coffee Good for Plants?

Used coffee grounds (filter too!) are great for composting. So don’t throw away yesterday’s filter and grounds. Many gardeners love to sprinkle some of those used coffee grounds on their outdoor plants (attracts those good worms too) right before they water. Other gardeners say that the coffee grounds are just too acidic and can cause some problems with certain plants.

Join a forum, like Garden Web, to start the discussion with other plant lovers. Or just give it a go and let us know how it turns out here by leaving a comment.

Thanks and enjoy your coffee.