21 curious uses for coffee you'll really love

21 curious uses for coffee you'll really love

1. Paint with it

 


 Run out of paint? Try using coffee mixed with water instead. To get different tones, change the amount of water - for a more intense colour, use less water. You'll soon be creating beautiful artworks for your home. It's a great option for the kids to use, and it's also cheap!

2. Hair rinse for shedding & residue build-up

 

Be careful where you splash.
Be careful where you splash.

 

Get rid of residue left by hair styling products by massaging used coffee grounds into your hair before you shampoo. You can also help to prevent your hair shedding with a coffee rinse, just apply after you shampoo or condition. Remember to take care when you're in the bathroom, you don't want coffee splashed everywhere - it would be a pain to clean up!

3. Keep unwanted cats away

 

Bye bye Fluffy, you will be missed...
Bye bye Fluffy, you will be missed...

 

Cats seem to really HATE the smell of coffee so grab a handful to spread throughout the garden, and they'll soon stay away from your precious plants. Mix your grounds with orange peels to give it that extra cat-repelling effect.

4. Use as Pin cushion filler

 

What a beautiful addition to your craft box.
What a beautiful addition to your craft box.

 

If you love to sew, chances are you'll need a trusty pin cushion to store your tools. Good news, you can use coffee grounds as a perfect filler for for your pin cushion, plus they'll also keep your pins from rusting. Who knew?

5. In your compost

 

My that's some beautiful... compost.
My that's some beautiful... compost.

 

Help your soil out by using coffee grounds in compost. They are rich with nitrogen which will help your dear plants convert sunlight into energy. You could even try heading into a local coffee shop to see if they'll let you take away their used coffee - what a freebie!

6. As an exfoliater

 

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This image is taken from OffBeatAndInspired.com

 

Add used coffee grounds to warm water or coconut oil and scrub your skin from head to foot. Goodbye dead skin cells! Why not check out this scrub recipe from OffbeatAndInspired.com and get making your own? I can't wait to try this one out, it looks great.

7. Make an air freshener

 

Mmmm the smell of coffee... all the time!
Mmmm the smell of coffee... all the time!

 

Do you love, love, LOVE the smell of coffee? Use it as an air freshener! All you need is an odd sock, some coffee beans, an elastic band and a spoon. Find out how to make your very own natural coffee air freshener at Snapguide.com.

8. Create a coffee candle

 

Oooh have you made me a coffee? Oh. It's a candle.
Oooh have you made me a coffee? Oh. It's a candle.

 

If you fancy making something simple and easy, fill a bowl with coffee beans and place tea lights on top! The heat of the candle will heat the coffee beans and you can enjoy a lovely aroma throughout the room. I've also found a great homemade coffee candle recipe from Instructables.com, which also looks completely achievable.

9. Attract friendly worms

 

Wriggly, wriggly worms.
Wriggly, wriggly worms.

 

Worms are big fans of coffee, so add some coffee grounds to your garden flowerbeds to attract them. As thanks, the worms you've attracted will then help give your soil and plants nutrients, and the tunnels they create when they slither along will help to aerate the soil which will allow roots to grow. Nice!

10. Use as surface scrubber

 

Time to clean up the kitchen - grab the coffee grounds!
Time to clean up the kitchen - grab the coffee grounds!

 

Use a cleaning cloth and some old coffee grounds to help clean food from kitchen counters, cooking hobs or dirty dishes. The grounds are mildly abrasive, which means they won't damage your surfaces - so scrub on without fear!

11. Reduce cellulite

 

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Image from Elle.com

 

You may have seen cellulite-reducing products in beauty shops which include caffeine. Help get rid of cellulite with your very own home-made coffee scrub! Elle.com have a great step-by-step list for you to follow. Health Ambition takes a further look at cellulite and it's worth a read!

12. Deodorise your fridge & freezer

 

Smelly fridge? Not a problem.
Smelly fridge? Not a problem.

 

Got a bad smell in your fridge or freezer? Fill up some bowls of used coffee grounds and put them in overnight. It's an easy way to get rid of the stink.

13. As Slug & snail repellent

 

Be gone, slimy beasts.
Be gone, slimy beasts.

 

If you've got green fingers then you're probably not a big fan of slugs and snails. As well as killing plants, they can also eat seedlings and even seeds before they've had a chance at growing. Help prevent a potential massacre by putting used coffee grounds at the base of plants to keep them safe.

14. Hair colour

 

I like my hair like I like my colour. A rich and luscious brown shade.
I like my hair like I like my colour. A rich and luscious brown shade.

 

Have you got dark hair? You can use coffee as a hair colour enhancer and it will darken and add shine to your mop! Make a strongly brewed coffee and pour it through your hair, but be sure to let the coffee cool off first. Keep it under a shower cap and leave it to sink into your hair.

15. Grow mushrooms

 

Grow my pretties, so I can eat you with my fry-up.
Grow my pretties, so I can eat you with my fry-up.

 

Did you know you can grow your own delicious mushrooms using coffee grounds? Now you'll never have to go to the supermarket again! Find out how in this helpful How to Grow Mushrooms guide.

16. As fabric dye

 

Now to find a white t-shirt...
Now to find a white t-shirt...

 

Make yourself a mixture of coffee grounds and water and use it to dye clothing... or Ostrich feathers! Find out how at INeedCoffee.com in a great article by Lura Lee.

17. Drain cleaner

 

Quick, stick the kettle on - I want to clean the drain!
Quick, stick the kettle on - I want to clean the drain!

 

Does your drain smell? Pour coffee grounds down the drain and follow up with boiling water to help get rid of odours. Lovely stuff.

18. Help carrots grow

 

I just can't wait to see in the dark.
I just can't wait to see in the dark.

 

Got a veggie garden on the go? You'll be pleased to learn that coffee grounds can help your carrot harvest. Mix dried coffee grounds with your carrot seeds to help stimulate growth.

19. Wood stain

Now to choose a shade to match the room. What fun!
Now to choose a shade to match the room. What fun!

 

It's not just fabric and paper that coffee can be used on - if your wooden table or fence needs a pick-me-up, try out using coffee as a natural wood stain. Try this How To guide from WholeGreenLove.com.

20. Hand cleaner

 

Blimey, my hands really stink!
Blimey, my hands really stink! What can I do about it?

 After chopping garlic or onions, your hands might be slightly stinky. Don't worry, those trusty coffee grounds will come to your rescue - give your hands a rub with some grounds to help absorb the smelly odours.

21. Bye bye ants

 

Go on, get out of my kitchen.
Go on, get out of my kitchen.

 

If you've discovered ants, grab some coffee grounds to keep them at bay. Whether it's the size of the grounds, or the smell, they're not big fans, so give it's worth a try.

 

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