We thought we'd heard of just about every alternate use of coffee grounds, but here's one you're probably already benefiting without knowing it: grounds make for a great drain de-clogger and deodoriser.
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That's according to Baltimore's WJZ television, which rounded up some tips on creative re-uses of used coffee. Some of them we've heard before — garden protector, exfoliant — but the drain cleaner and another tip were new to us:
Another great use for coffee grounds is as a drain cleaner. Mixed with hot water, coffee grounds can unclog a drain and help keep it smelling fresh. In the refrigerator it makes a great deodoriser because the grounds can absorb odors.
If you have a piece of scratched furniture, steep some grounds and apply a bit of the liquid with a Q-tip [cotton bud] . It will cover the scratch.
A little Google-ing shows a good number of testimonials to the first idea. The second idea was harder to vet, but it sounds like a nerdy challenge, trying to match your French Roast to your dark wood chair.