The most favorite hot beverage in the morning is for sure a cup of coffee appreciated by many civilizations all around the world. It is recognized by its unique aroma and color that was first introduced in the western world in 1583 by a physician of German origin, Leonhard Rauwolf. He described it “as black as ink” helping in the relief of many ailments.
However, this amazing drink can offer even more from its residues which are usually discarded after having the cup. Coffee grounds can still do numerous jobs in the household, garden or even as a beauty treatment. Hence, next time when having a cup of coffee consider the following uses:
12 Uses of Coffee Grounds to Consider
- Removes bad odor
Coffee grounds can be used as a home deodorant refreshing the areas in your home that mostly suffer from bad odor like the garbage bin, oven, cupboard, fridge and so on. Just place a bowl in these areas for a few days and thus completely eliminate it.
- Cleaning dishes
Coffee grounds can become a great substitute for the dishwashing liquid agent due to its great anti-grease properties that can remove even the most stubborn residues. Your plates, stoves, casseroles and cutlery will be perfectly clean thanks to this tip. All you need to do is to put 3 to 4 tablespoons of coffee grounds on the designated item and rub it with a sponge or cloth.
- Pipe unclogging
The pipes and the sink in the kitchen and bathroom can easily get clogged and release bad odor which is very bad for your home. The use of coffee grounds will be of great help and for that purpose you should use 1 tablespoon of them in the piping and thus dislodge the grease and remove odors.
- Natural fertilizer
In order to reap all its benefits you need first to nicely dry out your coffee grounds so that there is no mold. Thanks to its acidic pH your plants will benefit a lot if you use them moderately. When the coffee grounds are nicely dry out spread them as a very thin layer around your seedlings.
- Plant protection
Your plants will get protected against the invasion of snails or slugs just by spreading coffee grounds around them. Your roses will be protected from unwelcomed insects if you spread coffee grounds at the foot of the plant.
- Keep crawling intruders at bay
Your flower beds will get protected from stray cats or other crawling animals by putting a mixture of coffee grounds with lemon or orange peels around them. The scent that this mixture releases is not appreciated by these intruders.
This tip will be highly appreciated by your pets making them free of flees. For that purpose, you need to combine coffee grounds with their shampoo or simply use them alone and thus protect your pets from fleas.
Every summer you are fighting with ants, then this trick will come very handy for you. Just mix coffee grounds with lemon juice in a spray bottle and use it to create a protective barrier around your home.
- Skin mask
Your skin and cleavage will get nicely toned and refreshed if you use the following mask: combine 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds with an egg white. Use this mixture onto the skin and let it act for 10 minutes, after that wash it off. The content of caffeine will offer the antioxidant effect and the egg white the tightening effect thus providing you with nice looking skin successfully fighting off the cellular aging accountable for the occurrence of wrinkles.
- Deals with puffiness
The unpleasant bags under your eyes will be a history thanks to the following mask. Combine 1 teaspoon of coffee grounds, 1 teaspoon of yoghurt and 2 to 3 drops of lemon juice. Put it in the fridge to cool off for a few hours and after that use it onto your dark circles. Leave it for 15 minutes prior completely washing it off. The stimulating properties of caffeine will boost the micro-circulation and thus decongest your eyes.
- Exfoliating agent
Thanks to the granular texture, coffee grounds are excellent natural exfoliant for softer skin. In order to experience more boosted effect mix it with almond oil or honey and thus moisturize the skin.
- Anti-cellulite effect
The use of coffee grounds will lower the photo-aging effects and as well as prevent the excessive build-up of fat in body cells. As a result of that they are staple ingredient in many anti-cellulite products. Combine 2 tablespoons of warm coffee grounds with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. The resulting mixture spread it on transparent film and use it on the body areas mostly affected by cellulite.