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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!