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27 uses for coffee September 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — torip3 @ 1:41 pm

By Cris Carl, Networx

I admit I am a great contributor to the creation of copious amounts
of coffee grounds. I looked into finding the many uses for my leftover coffee
grounds. It turns out,
coffee grounds can be used for a
variety of cleaning, gardening and body care uses. If you aren’t a coffee
drinker, you may want to check out your local coffee houses for their
leftovers.

Uses for coffee in the home

1. Skip the toxic abrasive cleaners for pots and pans and use a
handful of coffee grounds instead.

2. Scour (non-porcelain) sinks with coffee grounds.

3. Clean old food off of dishes. Be aware not to use coffee grounds
on materials that might be absorbent or porous so that you don’t end up with
brown stains.

4. Scrub your grill or electric griddle.

5. Coffee grounds can also be used as a deodorizer. Place grounds in
a jar or dish to absorb odors from refrigerators and freezers.

6. Leave a dish of coffee grounds out to absorb odors in rooms that
have an unpleasant odor.

7. Deodorize a car that may have had one too many fast-food items
left in it.

8. Place a layer of grounds in your ashtrays to greatly reduce the
stench of old cigarette butts.

9. Rub on hands to remove food prep odors.

10. Use wet grounds when cleaning your fireplaceor wood stove to keep the dust and ash from
flying. You could also use wet grounds for the same purpose in a pellet stove,
but take care to not allow the burn pot to get clogged, so I would use very
sparingly in this case.

11. Use coffee grounds for natural ant control. Place dried grounds in
the areas ants frequent. The smell is a deterrent.

12. Dye paper, fabrics, or other porous materials with a strong
coffee solution.

13. Cover up scratches in furniture. Dab a strong solution of coffee
onto the scratch. Naturally, this works best on darker woods.

14. Use coffee grounds as a non-toxic, fully degradable fertilizer.
Coffee grounds are a good source of nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium and
other trace minerals. While you need to be aware that not all plants love
coffee, such as tomatoes, most are enriched by the added nutrients.

15. Coffee grounds are an excellent nutritional addition to compost.

16. Use as a non-toxic bug repellant. Use a solution of coffee to
spray your plants. The smell is too strong for most bugs. You’ll need to
re-apply after a rain.

17. Use coffee grounds to keep cats from digging and pooping in your
garden. Not only are cat feces bad for your plants, I personally hate the
experience of accidentally scooping some up with my hands while
gardening.

18. Use coffee grounds to deter
slugs and snails. Both the smell and the abrasive surface help keep these pests
out of the garden.

19. Coffee can add nutrients to acid-loving plants such as azaleas
and roses. Simply pour any left-over coffee around the base of the plant.
Hometalk, a home improvement social network, member
John H. of Clermont, FL said, “Coffee
is acidic. Roses flourish in soil with a pH around 6.5. Adding coffee will raise
the pH.”

20. Kill ants outdoors too. Just place grounds on the
hills.

A word on worms: they love coffee as much as we do. Theory suggests
that besides the caffeine, the bacterium that grows on the many-sided grounds is
not only a food source, but adds grit to their digestive system allowing them to
digest better. Coffee-eating worms reproduce faster, which is great for
oxygenating our gardens and compost. So, in terms of worms, you
can:

21. Work grounds into the soil.

22. Place grounds into your compost.

23. Mix grounds and soil to help keep fishing bait alive
longer.

24. Putting your bait worms in moist coffee grounds helps to mask
human odor.

Uses for coffee as a beauty aid

25. Rub grounds through hair and rinse to add softness and
shine.

26. Add highlights to brown hair by soaking in coffee.

27. Use grounds as a facial scrub or
mask.

So
drink up and enjoy the many benefits that come even after your cup is
empty.

This was orginially posted on the Pagan Village. A yahoo group.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/villageofpagans/?yguid=327183580

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