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Coffee is often the only thing that gets us through the day. Those morning and mid-day cups are just what we need to make it to the finish line and get the kids to bed. But did you know that there's more to this magical bean than meets the sleepy eye? You're probably already paying a pretty penny for that cup of awesomeness, so you might as well make it count and put those grounds to use. Perk up for these 7 unusual uses for coffee that will change your life.
1. Repel fleas
Overheard at the dog park: "Rub damp, used coffee grounds
through your dog's fur after shampooing, then rinse to repel fleas." Also overheard at the dog park: "My dog is
gluten-free, vegan and enjoys yoga." But
seriously, fleas suck—give this tip a try.
2. Highlight and soften your hair
Blondes can use coffee to create warm tones to their
locks, while brunettes and redheads can
use it to enhance reflections on naturally dark hair. Just steep the coffee grounds in two cups of
hot water and rinse hair thoroughly with the mixture. You can probably send pictures to Yuban or
Folgers and get coupons for some free samples.
3. Plant fertilizer
Have you noticed your plants are tired and lifeless? Have you tried talking to them and they seem
disinterested? Try mixing your coffee
grounds into their soil. It promotes
growth and provides nourishment. Give it
a try and you'll find that your relationship is back on solid "grounds."
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4. Cat banisher
Not a cat person? Turns out they hate coffee. Who
knew? Sprinkle coffee grounds around the
soil of your house and they'll steer clear. However, they might conspire against you once you leave your property.
5. Remove funky fridge odors
Have you ever been so sleep-deprived that you failed to
notice the unidentifiable rotting thing taking up residence in the back of your
fridge? Yeah, me neither. But if your neighbor has this problem, let
her know that when she's done tossing it out and removing her hazmat gloves, she
should place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it there
for 24-48 hours. The coffee grounds will
absorb the odors and she can pretend the whole thing never happened.
6. Restore furniture
Create a mixture of coffee grounds and a bit of water. The pasty combination is ideal for buffing
out furniture scratches and works as a staining agent, too! Your wood furniture will be revitalized in no
time. Just be sure to test a small patch first, so you don't accidentally ruin
your great grandmother's armoire.
7. Organize your makeup brushes
Fill a jar with whole beans and then stick your brush
handles in there. It not only looks
good, but it's the perfect way to find the brushes you need and keep them
separated to prevent cross contamination. Tip: Don't forget to wash your brushes
regularly. Keeping them standing up
straight is ideal for drying.