Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A "Good To Know" Tip!

Have you ever looked and looked for a specific item on Craigslist, finally finding it - only to discover, upon arriving to pick it up, that it's been living with a smoker (or two) for years and years?


Well that is what happened to some friends of mine. This past weekend my family enjoyed spending time at their beach house, where I spied this vintage console that was the result of a patient search on Craigslist. And yes, it had been living with a smoker.

When I mentioned how much I loved the piece, I was asked if the room still smelled. What? No. That is when I learned about the tip.


If an item smells of smoke, put coffee grounds in the drawers to "eat up" the smell.
It may take a little while, but it will work!


Well, how about that. Did you know this little tidbit of information? 

If not, next time you are in a similar situation, don't pass on that perfect piece you've finally discovered, simple reach for the coffee grounds. 

33 comments :

  1. Great tip! Wonder if it works as well for musty smells, such as from being stored in a basement or garage.

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  2. Never knew! Since both my parent's were smokers that's one tip I needed to know!

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  3. Who knew? Great tip - thanks for sharing.

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  4. Good idea! I recently got this fantastic dresser on Craig's LIst and while I don't think it was from a smoker it definitely smells when I open the drawers! Think I"ll try it! Thanks!

    Jennifer

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  5. When we moved our movers put coffee grounds in a tied up sock inside our frigde and freezer.....must be good at soaking up smells and moisture?

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  6. My daughter recently got my father's Mid-Century bedroom set to replace her falling apart IKEA pieces. It had been stored at my sister's house who is a chain smoker. I'm going to pass along this tip. She needs it!

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  7. That is a good to know tip! Can I just say how awesome of a piece that is??? Great Craigslist score by your friend!

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  8. great tip! You can also put coffee grounds in your grass to get rid of moles! there could be a whole blog on coffee grounds I suppose!
    Love that MCM piece in your post. I'm a fan.
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome

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  9. Great tip, Janell. Love the beautiful dresser!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  10. I didn't know it would work for smoke. When we moved overseas for a few years, we had to store lots of our furniture. The movers told us to put coffee grounds in our frig along with baking soda. It worked! It didn't smell when we got back and we were able to use it again.

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  11. Great tip thank you! I have a few pieces of my grandfather's that could use those coffee grounds!

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  12. That's what I have used for years in our fridge when we had to close it up for a move. Only I put them in an old stocking and tied them up to prevent spills. I have used it on 2 pieces I bought from smokers too!

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  13. Noooooo!!!!!!! Ahhhh. I had picked up a dresser I was in LOVE with for our daughter's room. Gorgeous legs, wonderful lines, pretty curves {I think I had a crush on it}. I couldn't stand the smoke smell and gave up. Off it went to Goodwill. Oh, dear. What have I done? Such a great tip, Janell. I guess that's one more reason I have a love affair with coffee.

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  14. Ahhh coffee...the miracle substance! Who knew it had so many uses...other than getting me going every morning! Cheers...

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  15. That console is fabulous! What a treasure. That beach house looks pretty wonderful, too. I have walked away from quite a few pieces in thrift shops/CL for just this reason. Thank you for sharing this tip! I did not know this.

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  16. Thanks for the tip! Short and sweet- I love it. :-)

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  17. great piece of advice!


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  18. This works for all sorts of smells in all sorts of places! I have a spare fridge that smelled funky once emptied and moved when I got a newer bigger one. I left a plate of coffee grinds in it for a month, and it's fresh as a daisy.

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  19. Actually, I found something that works even better and you won't have the coffee smell. It's by Gonzo and called Oder Eliminator. It can be used in spaced up to 600 ft. I bought it at Home Depot for around $6. I have used it in an musty smelling antique dresser I brought home and in no time at all the oder was gone. I recently had a client use it in her laundry room by the cat litter box and in her son's bedroom and shoe closet and they cannot believe how great it works.

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  20. That IS a good to know tip. I can not handle a smoke smell at all. Your friend made a great score on craigslist!

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  21. Who Knew? I know they use coffee beans at the perfume counters to smell between fragrance samples, but I did not it would absorb odors. Next question..... did the room smell like Starbucks?!

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  22. it's like baking soda in the fridge for smelly fridges!!

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  23. An antique dealer once told me to brush a thin coat of cheap vodka on all surfaces to kill smells -especially musty ones. But I wonder if it would work on smoke too. After all odors are an accumulation of bacteria and alcohol kills bacteria...

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  24. I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog. When my father passed away 8 years ago, I inherited some really nice pieces that STINK of smoke. They literally have been out in the shed for 8 years because I've been trying to air them out (I can still smell it though). Now I can do something about it. I'm giving it a try this weekend. Thanks for the tip.

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  25. nice tip, I'll have to keep this one in mind! I had only heard of the vinegar tip, and I'd much rather smell coffee than vinegar for that long :)

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  26. I am obsessed with Craigslist, but am so picky about smoke smell. I always ask if something is from a smoking home or not before I buy it. What a great tip!!

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  27. What a great tip! I wonder if it would work for musty mothball smell? I picked up a great antique dresser a few years ago at an auction and it smelled so strongly - I finally sold it since I just didn't know how to get rid of the smell and every type of cleaner I tried worked for like 5 minutes.

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  28. i did not know this, but LOVE the tip. i'm sooo sensitive to smoke smells so i'll be using this!

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  29. Maybe this is an obvious answer, but after reading all of these comments I'm still wondering whether the coffee grounds have to be fresh or would used grounds work as well?

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  30. Good question! I should have covered that, fresh. Janell

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