This Is the Secret Second Use of Your Coffee Cup Lid

No coaster? No problem.

coffee cup with a lid

Few things are as annoying as having a guest set a cup of coffee on your nice table sans coaster. In mere seconds, that beautiful, unblemished finish is covered in condensation (or, worse, a ring stain). Luckily, you can avoid getting a reputation as the friend who ruins furniture with one simple hack.

Before you go to set your drink down, take the lid off.

Yes, we know, this may seem like a perilous choice for the clumsy, but it's well worth it. First, dry off the inside of the cup lid. Now, place the lid down on a flat surface. For a hot beverage, the side of the lid that touches your lips should be on top, with the side that usually touches your drink on the bottom. For an iced drink, the side you first poke your straw through should be against the table, so that the side that touches your beverage is facing up.

Next, place your cup in the center of the lid-turned-coaster. On a hot cup, the lid provides a perfect makeshift coaster on which to rest your drink. On a cold cup, this little trick is even cooler. The grooves in cold cup lids that make them easy to stack will cling to the bottom of your cup, meaning that your coaster will come with you when you pick up your drink.

Coffee cup lid

And, yes, it also works with a hot coffee:

And remember: you'll never have to waste an evening apologetically re-staining your friend's furniture again. Think the coaster trick is cool? The 75 Amazing Benefits of Coffee might just convince you to make another Starbucks run.

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