Quick Tip: Clean Your Coffee Grinder With Rice

Coffee grinders make a mean cup of Joe, but did you know they can also be used to create potpourri, dry herbs and turn bread into crumbs? That’s right – your coffee grinder can pull double-duty!
But, how do you keep your dry herbs from tasting like coffee beans? Uncooked rice to the rescue! Tossing a handful of rice in your grinder will absorb stale odors and clean out residual grounds and oil so it’s fresh for its next job. Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes to freshen your grinder.
Here’s how to clean your coffee or spice grinder with rice:
Coffee grinders make a mean cup of Joe, but did you know they can also be used to create potpourri, dry herbs and turn bread into crumbs? That’s right – your coffee grinder can pull double-duty!


But, how do you keep your dry herbs from tasting like coffee beans? Uncooked rice to the rescue! Tossing a handful of rice in your grinder will absorb stale odors and clean out residual grounds and oil so it’s fresh for its next job. Plus, it only takes about 5 minutes to freshen your grinder.


Here’s how to clean your coffee or spice grinder with rice:


1) Throw One Large Handful of Dry Rice in the Grinder


Make sure the blades are completely covered by rice. I used brown rice, but any type of raw, dry rice will work.


2) Grind Up the Rice


Run the grinder until the rice is a fine powder. Once the rice has become a powder, it will have cleaned hard-to-reach crevices, removing any residual coffee or spices. Toss the powder into your trash can.


3) Wipe Down the Grinder


Using a damp paper towel, wipe down the inside of the coffee grinder. The towel will pick up the rice grains, but will prevent any water from getting inside the electronic.


Now, get creative with your coffee grinder. What else do you use the appliance for? Tell us in the comments!


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  • Jenny Pepper Jenny Pepper on Jun 07, 2015
    This is quite interesting, as I never thought to use rice to absorb odours. I usually try to clean it with a damp dishcloth but you still get the coffee smell.

  • Armando Cefai Armando Cefai on Jun 15, 2017
    The use of rice in a salt shaker is to absorb the dampness.



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