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Published March 3rd 2013
A nice cup of Coffee is a wonderful thing, we love it for its flavour and its smell. It can help to wake us up in the morning or relax us after a busy day and a good cup of coffee can perfectly finish off a good meal.
Did you know that there are a surprising number of other uses for coffee and coffee grounds?
1. Reduce Cellulite. Most cellulite creams contain caffeine. You can make a simple and cheap coffee cellulite treatment by mixing warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil. Rub the solution onto your skin in a circular motion for a few minutes, then rinse well.
2. Shiny Hair. Coffee is often recommended as a simple, cheap, natural remedy for glossy hair. Make up an extra-strong pot of coffee, let it cool and apply it to clean, dry hair. Leave it on for about twenty minutes, then rinse well. Use once a week for best results.
3. Natural Dye. The pigments in coffee make it a great natural dye for such things as fabric, paper and hair. To dye fabric, soak it in a hot coffee solution, brush coffee on paper to make it look 'old', and use coffee on your hair can give it a rich, dark tint. Coffee dye is only temporary and not colour-fast.
4. Exfoliate Skin. Make a coffee scrub by mixing a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to your skin and rub gently, it will smooth and tighten your skin and buff away dead skin cells.
5. Fertilise Plants. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around the roots of your plants and the nutrients will make them flourish. Dilute left over black coffee and pour straight onto your plants, even pot-plants.
6. Repel Ants. If you notice ants in areas around your home or garden, sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas. If you want to get rid of lots of ants, pour a full pot of brewed coffee right onto the ant hill.
7. Keep Cats Away. To keep cats away from your garden sprinkle used coffee grounds onto the soil. Cat's don't like the smell so they will sway away.
8. Grow Mushrooms. Used coffee grounds make an ideal base to grow mushrooms in.
9. Fix Furniture Scratches. Mix instant coffee with hot water and make a paste. Gently rub a little paste into scratches on furniture and they will disappear, repeat as necessary.
10. Cleaning Surfaces. Mix coffee grounds with a little liquid soap or dish washing liquid. This makes a great scrub for cleaning counter tops, cooker tops and refrigerators.
These are just a few unusual uses for coffee. Keep in mind to be careful if using on skin or furniture and test on a small area first.