• A huge coffee cupWe compiled eighteen useful ideas and solutions utilizing coffee to make your life easier.

      Pick and chose what suits you and come back for more ideas when you are stuck and you need a solution.

      1- Fridge odor

      Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside your fridge and the coffee will absorb the odors.

      2- Reduce cellulite

      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

      Rub a handful of used coffee grounds on your hands and rinse with warm water.

      4- Compost

      Coffee 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

      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

      Coffee makes a great natural dye for fabric, paper, Easter eggs and even your hair. Brush paper with strong brew and let it dry, or soak fabric items in hot coffee. The results won’t be color-fast, and may bleed out onto other items, so it’s best to use this on items that won’t be washed very often, if at all. Using coffee as a hair shine treatment may temporarily lend a rich, dark tint to your hair.

      7- Reduce fireplace mess

      Clean your fireplace without causing a dust storm. 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- Exfoliate skin 

      Combine a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and a drop of your favorite essential oil (optional) to make your own coffee-based scrub.

      9- 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. You can pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound to tackle huge ant mounds.

      10- Fertilize plants

      Acid-loving plants like Azaleas, blueberry shrubs and rhododendrons are just a few of the plants that flourish when treated with coffee around their roots. You can also dilute the leftover coffee in your mug and pour it right into your potted plants (no cream and sugar).

      11- Keep cats out of the garden

      Using the trick mentioned above, sprinkle used coffee grounds on the soil, and cats will want nothing to do with it.

      12- Scrub surfaces

      Use coffee grounds, mixed in with a little dish soap, for scrubbing surfaces like counter-tops, cooking ranges and refrigerators.

      13- Auto air freshener

      Use coffee grounds to make an all-natural DIY air freshener. Use an old ripped pair of socks or pantyhose and spare string to make an eco-friendly project.

      14- Grow mushrooms

      Used coffee grounds are an ideal medium to grow many kinds of mushrooms, including oyster mushrooms.

      15- Repel fleas

      Rub used, damp coffee grounds through your pet’s fur after bathing to repel fleas. This will also improve the post-bath wet-dog smell that gets all over the furniture.

      16- Vase filler

      Use stale/dirty coffee beans as vase fillers. They will continue to smell good for quite a while.

      17- Marinade

      Use a little bit of coffee as a marinade for steaks to make unbelievably tender and to provide a hint of deep, smoky flavor.

      18- 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.


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