How to Get Rid of Coffee Odor

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda

  • Cup

  • Old toothbrush

  • Cloth or paper towels

  • Vacuum cleaner

Coffee leaves a persistent odor that baking soda can remove.

The smell of old coffee is pungent and to many people, unpleasant. Coffee odors linger in mugs and cups. If your travel mug spills in the car, coffee on the upholstery, dashboard and other areas creates a more difficult odor problem. Baking soda absorbs coffee odors naturally while serving as a scrubbing agent to help remove stains. Since baking soda will not leave a stain of its own, it's safe to use on virtually all fabrics and leather.


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Step 1

Pour 1 tsp. of baking soda in containers such as coffee mugs and decanters before filling with water. Let sit overnight, then rinse out to remove odors.

Step 2

Sprinkle baking soda on carpets, upholstery and clothing and leave it to sit overnight. The baking soda absorbs odors and can then be vacuumed away or laundered, if applied to clothing.

Step 3

Mix three parts baking soda with one part water in a cup and swirl with an old toothbrush into a paste consistency.


Step 4

Scrub spilled coffee or dried coffee stains with the paste and toothbrush to remove odors and visible traces of coffee.

Step 5

Blot with a wet cloth or paper towels, let dry and vacuum.



James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.