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20 Wacky Uses for
Maxwell House® Coffee

  1. Dye fabric brown inexpensively. Soak the fabric in a bucket of strongly brewed Maxwell House Coffee for two minutes. No matter how strong the coffee is or now long you soak the garment, the fabric always comes out uniformly the color of coffee ice cream. Wring the excess coffee out of the garment, and hang up to dry. This technique is also an excellent way to cover up a permanent coffee stain on a white tablecloth.
  2. Fertilize a garden or houseplants. Work used Maxwell House Coffee grounds into the topsoil. Coffee is filled with nutrients that plants love.
  3. Repair scratched woodwork. Mix a teaspoon instant Maxwell House Coffee with two teaspoons water. Apply to the scratch with a cotton ball.
  4. Repel ants. Sprinkle dried Maxwell House Coffee grounds outside doors and cracks or around the outside perimeter of your home along the foundation. Coffee fertilizes the soil and simultaneously deters ants.
  5. Scrub baked-on food from pots and pans. Scrub the pots and pans with used Maxwell House Coffee grounds, which are a non-toxic, readily available, mild abrasive.
  6. Prevent dampness in closets. Fill an empty Maxwell House Coffee can with Kingsford Charcoal Briquets, punch holes in the plastic cover, and set on the floor in the back of the closet.
  7. Repel ants. Sprinkle dried Maxwell House Coffee grounds outside doors and cracks. Coffee deters ants.
  8. Relieve a hangover. Drink a couple of cups of Maxwell House Coffee. Coffee acts as a vasoconstrictor, reducing the swelling of blood vessels that causes headache.
  9. Transport live fishing bait. Keep worms in a Maxwell House Coffee can filled with moist coffee grounds.
  10. Keep toilet paper waterproof while camping. Carry a roll of toilet paper inside an empty Maxwell House Coffee can.
  11. Prevent a cat from having a love affair with your houseplants. Add used Maxwell House Coffee grounds to the top of the potting soil. Kitty will be turned off by the scent of coffee. The coffee grounds, filled with nutrients, also fertilize the plants.
  12. Hide scratches in hardwood floors. Take a teaspoon of Maxwell House Instant Coffee and mix it with enough warm water to make a thick paste. Then take a cloth, dip it in the coffee paste, and wipe it into the scratches in the floor to color the scratches until they seem to disappear.
  13. Touch up scratches on wood furniture. Mix one tablespoon Maxwell House Instant Coffee and one tablespoon Wesson Corn Oil, and use a Q-Tip cotton swab to paint and hide scratches on wood furniture (Do not use this formula on a shellac or varnish finish.)
  14. Highlight brown or red hair. Rinse your hair with Maxwell House Coffee for a rich and shiny color.
  15. Clean tiles. Pour hot, freshly brewed Maxwell House Coffee on the tile and wipe clean immediately with a damp sponge. The coffee helps dissolve grease and soap scum.
  16. Deodorize the refrigerator and freezer. Place a bowl filled with Maxwell House Coffee grounds on the back shelf.
  17. Patch woodwork. Mix dry instant Maxwell House Coffee with spackling paste until you achieve the desired brown tone, fill the crack or hole, and smooth with a damp cloth.
  18. Clean a restaurant grill. Pour left-over brewed Maxwell House Coffee over a hot or cold grill and wipe clean.
  19. Cover spots on black suede. Sponge on a little black Maxwell House Coffee.
  20. Flavor spaghetti. Add one-quarter to one-half teaspoon of instant Maxwell House Coffee to spaghetti sauce. Coffee gives store-bought spaghetti sauce brown coloring and a less acidic flavor.
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