Use these coffee pods to clean your kitchen sink

How to make cleaning pods with used coffee grounds

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

Putting used coffee grounds down the drain are generally frowned upon, but combined with a few additional ingredients, they can be useful for eliminating that stink coming from your kitchen sink.

It may come a surprise to learn that the coffee grounds sharpen garbage disposal blades, in addition to giving the disposal cleaners a great scent. Baking soda naturally cleans the disposal and Epsom salt breaks up hard water stains and buildup. All of these ingredients work hard together so you don’t have to.

Plus, here’s one more way to re-use those coffee grounds into something purposeful. This should make approximately 30 cleansing pods. Thanks One Good Thing for the recipe!

A side by side image of homemade coffee cleaning pods. On the left, a jar of pods is shown. On the right, a pod is shown above a kitchen sink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry, used Death Wish coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Rounded measuring spoon or small melon baller
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper

Here's how to make them: 

  1. Measure and add the coffee grounds, Epsom salt, and baking soda to a mixing bowl.
  2. Slowly add the vinegar until the mixture looks like wet sand. Bubbling is normal, as it is chemically reacting with the baking soda – thanks science! Add in the (optional) vanilla at this phase.
  3. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper and use a rounded measuring spoon or melon baller to create the cleaner pods. Scoop the mixture and then press against the side of the bowl, packing the coffee ground cleaner together, then tap onto the parchment-covered sheet pan.
  4. Let the pods air dry overnight.
  5. When ready to use, just drop one down the drain, turn on water and the garbage disposal, and enjoy the wonderful smell.

Tip: For those of you who don’t mind your hands dirty, you can also roll small balls of the mixture with your hands. A golf ball size pod is more than enough.  

 Now get cleaning!

Angela Garrity is a guest blogger for Death Wish Coffee Co. Her work can be found in Vapun Magazine as well as on their website.

Related: 5 ways to re-use your coffee grounds

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