Whatever you do, don’t ask for coffee

Date:August 11, 2005 / year-entry #223
Orig Link:https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20050811-09/?p=34603
Comments:    9
Summary:Heather Hamilton makes an odd discovery on her flight to Seattle.

Heather Hamilton makes an odd discovery on her flight to Seattle.

Comments (9)
  1. Tim Smith says:

    For a split second there I thought you were going to get involved in this silly "Hot Coffee" public relations disaster in the gaming industry and Rockstar games.

  2. Pieter Breed says:

    Maybe everyone knows this allready and I’m answering a non-question?

    Ground coffee is actually one of the best smell neutralizers that you can get. I’m not exactly sure why this is so though.

    If you want to de-odorize your fridge, you can leave some ground coffee in there overnight and it will do a very good job of taking away the bad smell. This even works for those really hard-to-get-rid-of smells like, bad meat etc

    I don’t know if you Americans get to see the two old ladies of How Clean Is Your House on BBC Prime, but I picked this up from them…

  3. Scott says:

    Aromatic tobacco will do the same thing. And, of course, baking soda.

  4. Josh says:

    Of course the assumption with both coffee and aromatic tobacco is that you like the smell of either more than the smells of which you are trying to rid yourself. Not particularly liking either, I prefer the baking soda as it is much closer to odorless.

  5. Cheong says:

    And yes, how could we forgotten the sliced lemon. It does a good job on removing the smells in the fridge, too. :)

  6. Cheong says:


    If you’ve tried using coffee this way, you’ll know that after we’ve boiled the coffee bag again and again, the oder of coffee will be dilute enough so you could hardly smell it unless you come really close to it.

    Actually I wonder if boiled teabags won’t get mold so quickly, it’ll be good candidate for this job too.

    It’s use is to absorb oder but not to use stronger oder to cover it. :)

  7. Al says:

    You just have to make sure not to use the baking soda and the sliced lemon at the same time otherwise you’ll get a gooey, bubbly mess in your fridge :)

  8. Then there’s the old stick-a-bunch-of-cloves-in-an-orange trick.

    Whatever works…

  9. David Walker says:

    I asked a flight attendant about this years ago, and she said that it was for absorbing odors. She also assured me that the coffee packet (the one I saw had not been used to make coffee yet) would not be used later to make coffee.

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