21 curious uses for coffee you'll really love

21 curious uses for coffee you'll really love

Apart from the obvious - that it's making you feel human every morning, did you know that there are loads of other uses for coffee? Whether it's instant or used / unused coffee grounds, there's tonnes of useful stuff you can do. In fact, I’ve found a whopping 21 uses (and none of them involve 2 sugars and a splash of milk).

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1. Paint with it

Taken from http://www.paintingwithwatercolors.com/watercolor-painting-coffee/
This beautiful coffee art is Taken from PaintingWithWaterColours.com

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

image - http://offbeatandinspired.com/2013/11/01/coffee-vanilla-sugar-scrub/)
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

Image from  http://www.elle.com/beauty/news/a14975/diy-coffee-cellulite-scrub/
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.

Blimey - who knew there were so many uses for coffee?

 

If you know more, please let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Author DanielleC on June 21, 2015 at 1:27 am

    WoW amazing uses for coffee, especially those where I can enjoy drinking the coffee first. As the T-disks in my Tassimo are non-recyclable and are 1 use only this also means: as I drink my morning coffee my particular way, it's not only useful for kick-starting my day, I'm keeping those pesky little ants at bay, Im helping my carrots to grow big and juicy and makes sure my fence colours are kept dark and sprucey.

    1. Author Colleen B on June 22, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      What a great poet you are, thanks very much!

    Reply
  2. Author Gloria general on July 17, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas for coffee grounds for my garden

    1. Author Stephanie C on July 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      You're welcome Gloria! Glad you liked them :)

    Reply
  3. Author Angela on August 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Hey Colleen/Stephanie Thanks for some great tips, I love my coffee! Especially like the air freshener and fridge deodoriser ideas, will be using them for sure ;-)

    1. Author Stephanie C on August 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks Angela - I'm glad you enjoyed our tips :)

    Reply
  4. Author Stephen on August 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Clever young lady I will to give them a whirl ,

    1. Author Stephanie C on August 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Hi Stephen. Glad you liked the article! Good luck trying some of the ideas :)

    Reply
  5. Author Sandy on November 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    For a coffee hair rinse has it got to be ground or will instant do --

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 6, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Sandy. We'd recommend ground but if you can't get hold of it, strong, quality instant should do. I hope that helps! :)

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  6. Author Joan on November 6, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Love the coffee tips, will be trying a few of these. I'm a keen gardener and dislike cats messing in my garden and I love mushrooms. I'll have to start drinking more proper coffee.

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 6, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Joan. So glad you like the coffee tips. Proper coffee is definitely worth the extra effort and money. Think of the garden! Hope our tips work for the cats. :)

    Reply
  7. Author Jen Thorsen on November 9, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    You missed one! Coffee is great for getting rid of cold sores. Just dab the cold sore with cold coffee (I always use black) and the pain will disappear in a day or so and so will the sore.

    1. Author Stephanie C on November 9, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Hiya Jen. Wow, really? We've never heard of this one before! What a great idea - I can't wait to try this :)

    Reply

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