Ten Surprising Uses for Coffee
Most all people like a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, with breakfast or before work (400 million cups a day in the US alone!). But few people are truly aware of the power of coffee and its MANY uses. Here are a few:
In your kitchen:
- As a scrub. The abrasive texture and acidic properties of coffee make it the perfect scrub to remove excess oils. Perfect for getting the crusty remnants baked on to your pots and pans or scrubbing down the grates on your stove.
- As a deodorizer. Coffee, like baking soda, is great for absorbing odors. Put an open container of it in your fridge or freezer to tame the onion smells. Put it in your trash can under the liner to absorb smells from your trash. This also works great for gym bags or shoes. Make a satchel from a thin sock or panty hoes and place it wherever you have musky odors.
- As a meat tenderizer. Just like lemon or Worcestershire sauce, the acidic makeup of coffee makes it an excellent tenderizer that also adds a smoky flavor. You can pat the coffee grinds on dry to make a rub, or brew a strong pot of coffee, chill it, and then marinate meat for up to 24 hours before grilling.
In your garden
- As a fertilizer: give your plants a nitrogen boost by stirring used grounds into soil or a watering can. Your plants will love the nitrogen and natural aeration of the fluffy grounds. The PH levels of coffee will even bring out brighter colors in some breeds of flowers.
- As a bug and animal repellent. Spread coffee grounds as a border around your garden or places you don’t want ants, ant hills, slugs or snails. The scent and acidity will have them move on out.
- Preserve cut flowers. Using a coffee-water mix not only lengthens your cut flowers’ life, it also acts as an air freshener in the room.
In your health and beauty regiment.
- As a headache remover. Caffeine reduces the swelling of blood vessels and can lower the intensity of headaches. Double your bet: take your aspirin with a cup of coffee, and you will find it works about 40% more effectively.
- As a hand scrub. Save the grounds from your last pot of coffee, and you can even use it to scrub any grease off your hands. Rub a scoop of grounds between palms as an exfoliant to remove dead skin and help eliminate smells from cooking or doing dishes.
- As a body mask: Coffee improves skin circulation, texture and firmness of skin. Try our mineral-rich Kona Coffee Mud Mask to increase collagen production and is formulated with active ingredients like Shea butter, avocado oil to give your skin the supple moisture it craves.
- As an under eye brightener. Just like coffee wakes YOU up in the morning, it can also wake up your face by reducing puffiness and tightening skin. Try one of our Eye Openers to see the difference.
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