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Uses for Coffee You Never Knew

Save your leftover coffee, coffee grounds and even coffee beans to use in  unexpected ways around the house.

-Next time you make a pot of coffee, pour some into ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can use them to chill iced coffee without diluting it.

-For smoother skin, mix coffee grounds into regular body lotion to make it exfoliating.

-Deodorize unpleasant kitchen smells (such as in the freezer or refrigerator) by placing a small bowl of coffee grounds anywhere you want odors absorbed.

-Rid stubborn smells from hands after cooking by gently rinsing them with coffee grounds.

-Coffee grounds can help clean grimy, grease-stained objects such as pots and pans – just be careful of light-colored items that might be stained.

-Diminish cellulite with this easy trick: Mix warm coffee grounds with any basic massage oil and rub onto skin. Caffeine (an ingredient found in many skin creams) can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

-Repel insects (particularly ants and slugs) by sprinkling coffee grounds anywhere you want to keep bugs out.

-Many experts say that coffee is the secret to ultra-shiny strands. Brew a pot of coffee, let it cool, and then rinse over wet hair in the shower.

-Fix light furniture scratches by rubbing damp coffee grounds onto the mark. You should see an instant improvement.

-Steep coffee grounds in hot water to make a natural, sepia-colored dye for Easter eggs or crafts.

-Liven up a clear decorative vase by putting coffee beans in the bottom, then use as a holder for makeup brushes or pens.

-The nitrogen in coffee grounds can help fertilize plants that require acidic soil, such as roses and hydrangeas.

-Before cleaning a fireplace, sprinkle any leftover ashes with coffee grounds to prevent dust and ash from polluting the air in the room.

-Keep pets out of the garden by sprinkling a mixture of coffee grounds and orange peels in the area.

-Absorb odors by sprinkling coffee grounds in the soles of dirty shoes.

-Coffee grounds are great for composting.

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