10 smart ways to use coffee at home (besides drinking it!)

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Coffee is now no longer just a morning pick-me-up. There are so many more uses for this magical bean, from helping grow a better garden to scouring pots and pans.

Here are 10 ways to use coffee for more than your morning caffeine kick:

  1. Body Scrub:
    Mix coffee grounds with a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, or with a body wash to create a body exfoliant.
  2. Refrigerator Deodorant
    If you have some bad smells emanating from your freezer or refrigerator, place a cup of unused coffee grounds inside. After a while the coffee grounds will absorb the odour.
  3. Dry Rub for Meat
    Surprisingly finely ground coffee pairs nicely with paprika, brown sugar, pepper, onion, garlic and coriander to make a delicious dry rub for ribs, steak, and chicken.
    Also add some brewed coffee to chilli to give it some added depth of flavour. Who would have thought!
  4. Garden Compost
    I fondly remember my grandmother digging coffee grounds into the soil of her hydrangea bushes. This is because it changes the pH level in the soil, which can result in a change of colour in certain flowers such as these. Used coffee grounds make a great natural fertilizer. They can boost nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and copper levels in soil. Throwing coffee grounds in with the seed will help germination and promote healthier growth of some vegetables, such as carrots or radishes.
    Also, coffee will attract helpful worms, which turn and enrich the soil underground.
  5. Garden deterrent
    In line with using coffee in the garden, the acidity and strong scent of coffee makes it a great deterrent for slugs and snails. Pairing coffee with orange peels can overload the olfactory receptors in cats and rodents, and deter them from messing in the garden.
  6. Candles
    Nothing is better than walking by a coffee shop and smelling that satisfying, rich aroma of roasting coffee beans! Bring the smell of that coffee shop into your home by making coffee candles. Purchase some long candle wicks from a craft shop, melt seven or eight tea light candles, and slowly pour the wax into a small  jar, adding coffee grounds as you go. Light one of these and it will turn your home into a coffee scented heaven.
    Drinking a cup of coffee can have a stimulating effect on the mind, but something as simple as the smell of coffee can improve your focus too.
  7.  Scour pots and pans
    The abrasive nature of coffee grounds will scour the surface of a particularly dirty pot or saucepan. Once you have scrubbed with the coffee grounds and sponge/cloth, rinse and rewash with soap and hot water to remove the grounds and sanitize.
  8. Age/Stain Wooden Furniture
    Steep coffee grounds in hot water for several minutes and apply to wood with a brush. When dried, the wood will be a few shades darker. Apply several coats for an enhanced stain, or you can mix the coffee grounds with vinegar and steel wool to create an aged look.
  9. Hair Dye
    To darken your hair colour, brew a pot of strong coffee and let it cool. When in the shower, pour the cool coffee through your hair and let it sit for up to an hour. This will make your hair darker, healthier and more glossy.
  10. Hand Deodorant
    Chopping garlic or onions can leave a bad smell on your hands. Thoroughly rub some coffee grounds on them and rinse with water. The coffee will absorb the smell and replace it with a coffee scent.