Coffee provides us with a quick boost of energy to start the day or to stay up late at night. Most of us, however, discard the old coffee grounds, but you may want to hold on to them after reading about their many practical uses here. There is also a bonus video at the end you won't want to miss.
1) Exfoliate Your Pores with a Homemade Mocha Mask
Fill a large bowl with 1 cup of coffee grounds and 1 ½ cups of coarse sea salt, and then stir.
Stir in the cup of oil and about 5-15 drops of essential oils into a bowl. You can use cinnamon, lemon or Eucalyptus for the essential oils They all work very well.
Store the mixture in an airtight jar, and use the scrub as needed.
4) Keep Your Pots and Pans Sparkling Clean
The high acidity level contained in coffee acts as a natural cleaning abrasive, ideal for scrubbing dirty pots and pans. A couple of teaspoons of coffee grounds and a rag is all it takes to eliminate the unwanted grease stains.
5) Wash Your Hands After Chopping Onions and Garlic
Use coffee grounds to wash your hands after you've been dicing up onions or chopping garlic cloves. The grounds absorb all the strong odors in no time at all.
Here are the instructions for a coffee grounds garbage disposal cleaner:
What You Will Need:
1 cup dry used coffee grounds
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Small mixing bowl
Rounded measuring spoon or small melon baller
Measure and add the coffee grounds, Epsom salts, and baking soda to the mixing bowl.
Slowly add the vinegar, which will bubble once it interacts with the baking soda.
Add a little bit at a time until the mixture resembles wet sand.
Add a little vanilla for a pleasant smell to the tiny garbage disposal cleaners.
Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper, and use a rounded measuring spoon or melon baller to create the cleaners.
Scoop the mixture and then press against the side of the bowl, packing the coffee ground filter together, and then tap onto the parchment-covered sheet pan.
Let the cleaners dry overnight and then place in a coffee cup next to your sink.
Drop one down your drain, turn on your garbage disposal and then the faucet.
You should have about 30 mini garbage disposal cleaners in total.
8) Alter the Color of Your Hydrangeas
The pH balance of the soil can negatively affect your precious Hydrangeas. Not to worry, a few old coffee grounds should help to do the trick. Coffee grounds reduce the pH balance to the soil and transforms pink flowers into blue ones.
Here is a simple step-by-step guide to dyeing out fabrics using old coffee grounds:
Wash the fabric beforehand.
Wash and dry the fabric to remove any excess dirt and oil, which can keep the dye from penetrating evenly. This step is especially important on brand new fabrics that are coated with a finishing spray.
Place a large pot on your cooktop. You will need a pot that is large enough to submerge your fabric. A regular stockpot will do just fine.
Prepare several pots of coffee and pour into a larger pot, one cup at a time. You will need a large amount of coffee to cover the fabric completely once it is placed in the pot.
You can achieve darker color fabrics with a stronger coffee brew.
If you plan on preparing several batches of coffee, you will need to fill the stockpot with water and allow the instant coffee to dissolve inside.
Bring to a boil after pouring all of your freshly prepared coffee into the pot.
Turn the heat off once the coffee reaches a full boil.
Add the fabric to the stockpot.
Submerge the fabric together into the stockpot after you've turned the heat off and the coffee has stopped bubbling.
Get rid of any air pockets by stirring the coffee grounds with a wooden spoon for a few seconds or so.
Allow the fabric to steep for about a half hour, and longer if you desire a deeper tint.
Rinse the dyed fabric under cold water in the sink. Once the water runs clear, the excess dye has been removed.
Alternatively, if you still want the fabric to be a darker color after rinsing it, you can bring your coffee dye back to a boil and steep the fabric again.
Beware, the coffee dye may stain your pot if you don't drain it and wash immediately after the dyeing process is finished.
Gently wash the fabric.
Wash the fabric infrequently and use a mild detergent such as Woolite to protect against fading.
13) Get Rid of Foul Odors in Shoes
Just put a few old coffee grounds into the shoes and allow them to work their magic. The unpleasant smell should leave right away.
Use coffee grounds to cover up the scratches or dark stains on wooden furniture. You can make a thick paste out of the coffee grounds and water and then rub the paste into the scratch. Your furniture should look brand new afterward.
Fill a spray bottle with half a cup of coffee grounds and warm water. Spray your flowers and plants with the mist to keep your garden chemical-free.
19) Prevent Stray Cats from Entering Your Garden
Cats do not like the smell of coffee at all. Once they pick up the strong scent, they will leave the premises right away. You can sprinkle a few coffee grounds throughout your garden to keep cats from destroying your beautiful plants and flower beds.
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