unusual uses for coffee

i love when one thing has multiple uses so here are tips for coffee!

  1. Kill fridge odor
    Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors. This odor-killing trick works for practically anything else as well – just place the item in a sealed plastic bag along with an open can of coffee grounds.
  2. Reduce cellulite
    Caffeine supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.
  3. Erase smells on your hands
    Get rid of strong food smells (i.e. garlic, cilantro, etc) by rubbing a handful of used coffee grounds on your hands and rinsing with warm water.
  4. Make rich compost
    The grounds are rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, they release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade and they’re a little bit acidic, which is great for certain soils.
  5. Get shiny hair
    Coffee is often recommended as a simple, natural treatment to make hair extra-glossy. Brew up an extra-strong pot, let it cool and apply it to your dry, clean hair. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes, then rinse. Keep it up once a week or so for best results.
  6. Natural dye
    The natural pigments in coffee make it a great natural dye for fabric, paper, Easter eggs – even your hair. Brush paper with strong brew and let it dry, or soak fabric items in hot coffee.
  7. Reduce fireplace mess
    Wait until the embers are cool, sprinkle damp coffee grounds all over the ashes, let them sit for about 15 minutes and then scoop out the whole mess into a metal ash can. The coffee grounds cling to the ashes, so they don’t spew dust nearly as much as they would otherwise.
  8. Pin cushion filler
    Dried, used coffee grounds are the perfect filler for homemade pin cushions. Just wrap them in some scrap cloth, tie it off with a rubber band and place the cloth in an egg cup or other small container. The grounds will keep your pins from rusting, too.
  9. Exfoliate skin
    Make your own coffee-based scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and, optionally, a drop of your favorite essential oil.
  10. Repel ants
    Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.
  11. Fertilize plants
    Azaleas, blueberry shrubs and rhododendrons are just a few of the plants that flourish when treated with coffee thanks to all those nutrients. You can also dilute the leftover coffee in your mug and pour it right into your potted plants (as long as you don’t use cream and sugar.)
  12. Keep cats out of your garden
    Sprinkle used coffee grounds on the soil, and cats will want nothing to do with your garden.
  13. Scrub all kinds of surfaces
    Mildly abrasive and acidic, coffee grounds are great for scrubbing surfaces like countertops, cooking ranges and refrigerators. Use them alone or mix them with a little dish soap.
  14. Auto air freshener
    You can use coffee grounds to make an all-natural DIY air freshener (you can put it inside pantyhose).
  15. Grow mushrooms
    Used coffee grounds are an ideal medium to grow many kinds of mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms. You can actually purchase mushroom-growing kits.
  16. Repel fleas
    Rub used, damp coffee grounds through your pet’s fur after bathing to repel fleas without questionable, likely-toxic chemical treatments. If nothing else, it will at least improve that post-bath wet-dog smell that gets all over your furniture.
  17. Pretty vase fillers
    Stale or dirty coffee beans can be used as vase fillers, or in cups or jars full of pens and pencils. They continue to smell good for quite a while, too.
  18. Start vermicomposting
    Red wriggler worms, the sort used in vermicomposting systems, love coffee almost as much as we do. It’s not really clear why, but if you want a thriving community of worms to devour all of your kitchen waste, be sure to add used coffee grounds to their bedding on a regular basis.
  19. Secret recipe ingredient
    Just a little hint of coffee can be the ingredient that becomes your undisclosed “magic touch” in foods like chili, ice cream and chocolate cake. Use a little bit as a marinade for steaks and not only will it make them unbelievably tender, it’ll also provide a hint of deep, smoky flavor.
  20. Touch up furniture scratches
    Scratches on wood furniture disappear almost instantly by simply rubbing in a little bit of instant coffee dampened into a paste with hot water. Repeat if necessary until the scratch matches the surrounding wood.

read article from Yahoo! Shine by Stephanie Rogers from EcoSalon: 20 Unusual Uses for Coffee

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