Tired Of Those Smells?

@webeishere (36353)
United States
January 24, 2008 12:01am CST
Have you ever cooked popcorn in your microwave then can still smell it the next day when you reheat something in it? I am. I read a neat little thing on how to get rid of it and other smells in other areas as well. Place some fresh coffee grounds in the microwave, shut the door, and let it sit for a bit. The smell is gone. This works well in the fridge or freezer as well. try it you'll be surprised at the effect it has. iT WORKS A LOT BETTER THAN aRM AND hAMMER. Plus the smell of coffee grounds is great as well yet not overbearing either. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Coffee in a heart - Coffee in the form of a heart!
If you go to a purfumery and are trying different scents to find the right one for you, you will probably notice a jar of coffee beans on the counter. Coffee does indeed cut smells and allows one to clean one's nose of one scent from another so I am not suprised there are other purposes as well.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
That is why it works so well for odors. Thank you very much also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Don't know the why (baking soda absorbs odors as well) but coffee is most definately used for a quick cleanse of the nasal pallette.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Baking soda has no aroma to it so coffee beans abosrb the odor leaving a nice aroma behind. Thanks again. HAPPY POSTIMNGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I've never heard of this before. I will have to remember that one. Though I'm not home much and don't cook too often. It is a good suggestion to try for those lingering smells.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
It works well for a musky or damp smelling basement also. Set it on top of the dryer in a small satchel bag like the ones used for potpouriis. \HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
25 Jan 08
LOL!!!!! How did you know that was the type of basement that I have.....
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I coud smell it on your clothes as you walked in here. HAHAHAHA!! Joking HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
That's a great idea GrandPa, most of us here are looking for some solutions on such as these!;) Well there are lots of natural absorbents, that can really get rid of those nasty and never-ending scent that sticks all-over the walls. Orange, pineapple and apple skins are what I usually put in wither my bedroom or in the living room. As for our fridge, I use charcoal to absorb all the nasty smells in it.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Charcoal? Doesn't that look gross sitting in the fridge though? HAHAHA!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
Hehehe! Of course, you have to put them on wither cups or anything that you can use. At first, I was also shocked after my mother put those charcoals inside our fridge but it does make wonders!;)
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
And this makes them pretty to look at? HAHAHA! Joking. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !~!~
@mummymo (23707)
24 Jan 08
I have heard of the coffee grounds working in this way but was unsure how effective it was so I usually use a sliced lemon in water and cook it for 5 minutes - it makes it easier to clean the microwave too! xxx
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I hope you put the lemon and water in a bowl. HAHAHA! Joking. HAPPY POSTINGS BFROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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@mummymo (23707)
25 Jan 08
lol yeah I did forget to mention putting it in a bowl didn't I? Mind you having said that I wouldn't put it past me to forget the bowl! xxx
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
25 Jan 08
yeah ive notice that too..thanks for the tips..what about some stain on the microwave i had a difficulty in cleaning it...
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Make a paste from water and baking soda to scrub it with. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Wow. That's a good tip. The one that I heard was a cup of water with lemon slices.I'll have to give your tip a shot. The true test will be bacon. That smell can last for a week. No matter what I do. Try and let you know how it goes.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I prefer the smell of coffee over lemons. HAHAHAHA!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@newfette (340)
• Canada
25 Jan 08
Well thanks for your tip! But I have some bad news for ya. I enjoy the smell of popcorn over the smell of coffee HAHAHA I know I'm weird! I am a tea drinker not a coffee drinker. For me, if the microwave has a funky smell, I fill a microwave safe bowl up, put it in the nuker for 4 minutes (make sure it comes to boil) then do not open the microwave for about 5 minutes. Not only will the steam clean the microwave (you just wipe the residue off easily with a paper towel) but I find it removes the smell as well!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Ever smell burnt popcorn in a microwave? The water trick will not get rid of it in one try. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
25 Jan 08
What a great tip Grandpa Bob, i'll remember that for the future!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
You're very welcomed. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Forgive me if either of these ideas have been posted as I am answering from email. I use charcoal brickettes for odor control in my home! I put a few in an empty butter container and put them under the beds and other inconspicuous places! For the inside of the fridge or microwave I use vinegar. Also, if you have been cooking fish or something and the air is laden with odor, you can dip a rag in vinegar and wring out the excess and then fan the rag around in the air! I like your coffeeground idea as I love the smell of coffee! I will try that!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
I don't like using vinegar for this as it smells bad and sticks around for awhile also. I'll stick to the coffee ground idea. Thank you as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Thanks for the hint! I might have to put some in the waste basket up here in my bedroom as there is a popcorn bag in the garbage that stinks!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Just sprinkle a few grounds into the bottom and it will absorb the smells. You're welcome also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
24 Jan 08
What an awesome idea! It should have dawned on me that coffee grounds would be good for that because one of the people I buy candles from uses a small bag of grounds to keep the scents of the samples she sends out from blending together. Thanks for the reminder hon! Hugs!
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
Coffee grounds and coffee beans are very absorbent. They also leave their own aroma behind unlike most things used that absorb odors. Like arm and hammer etc. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
24 Jan 08
I have cooked things like that and been able to smell them later. I've never heard that about the coffee though...that's interesting. I'll have to try that the next time I have a smell somewhere.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
25 Jan 08
You can also add it into a small satchel like bag as a potpourri for setting on a table or shelf. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@xavi221 (38)
• China
24 Jan 08
i am sorry not to cook popcorn in my microwave.maybe making popcorn themselves is not popolar.so i never experience concern about smell in microwave.but my mother always complain of smell of cooked foods until next day.especially for reheating food,several smells were mixed into another special smell.after reading your discussion,my mother will be surprised with way you teach us.she has placed fresh coffee grouds in microwave after reheating food. a couple of minutes later my mother will be surprised with effect it has,the smell is gone.and microwave smell wonderful coffee smell.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Thanks a lot for your response. Microwaves get so many odors in them and these also travel onto other foods we reheat. So coffee grounds work in absorbing all the odors. Thanks again. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
Hi GRANDPA BOB! Wow, that is good advice. i think i will try it out. I have been using baking soda to get rid of the smell but I think coffee grounds is great because i really do like the aroma of coffee. Thanks, i will surely try this..right now! haha..Take care and have a nice day! :)
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I also love the smell of fresh coffee brewing and fresh coffee beans as well. Ahhhhh! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Yes I do hate those smells.LOL I never heard of that one but Im willing to give it a try.LOL Thanks for the smelling information.hahahah
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I read this in either the FixIt coloumn or the Hints from Heloise coloumn. It got rid of burnt popcorn smell in my over quickly. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@lynboobsy11 (11346)
• Philippines
24 Jan 08
Thanks for sharing that grand pa , yesterday I was cleaning the microwave and yet the smell of the fish is still there I will try the coffee and see it works I will tell you soon.
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I'll be waiting. HAHAHAHA!! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
24 Jan 08
yes i think I've heard of that too. wonder if it works with instant coffee grounds since i don't have any grounds from real coffee beans at my home at the moment! i guess it works with all substances that are smell-absorbant. Some fresh fruits in the fridge always work wonders. i like the smell of orange and lemon peel. guess it won't work if you're a citrius hater. :)
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
I think instant coffee would work as well. try it and let me know. HAHAHA!! I think I read this in Hints from Heloise. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
24 Jan 08
well that's pretty easy for us since i always heat my husband's coffee in the microwave, it does have strong smell it beats smell of fish let alone popcorn
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Yes even just a cup of fresh coffee helps. But some grounds work a lot better. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
24 Jan 08
Sounds like a good idea. I do not drink coffee, but if I did, I would not have it to spare. How long does it take for coffee to lose it's freshness? Would the smells from the microwave ruin the coffee? Am I asking to many dumb questions?
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
24 Jan 08
Yes the grounds absorb the odor. But whole coffee beans work even better. Just buy a little bit and try it. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
25 Jan 08
sadly i lost my sense of smell a long time ago..but I will learn from your advice..put coffe grounds in te microwave..i use a machinge called brethe and it is a humidifier and gives off scents ..but it is expensive to run..thanks for the advice..
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