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More Uses for Coffee Grounds


2010
03.06

Coffee grinds have so many uses that go unnoticed! This is a list I’ve compiled of the research I’ve done on what the grinds are good for. I will continually update this page as I stumble across other uses. Hope you enjoy trying these out!

1. Face and body scrub (as depicted in my post from 3/2/10)
2. Garden/ plant fertilizer- just add to soil
3. Deodorizer- down the garbage disposal helps freshen and break up any clogs (when mixed with hot water for the latter)
4. Keep pests away- ants don’t want to cross a line of sprinkled coffee grounds
5. Scalp health- prevents and reduces dandruff when wet or dry used coffee grounds are massaged into scalp then rinsed out
6. Hair color enhancer- liven up brunette and black hair by steeping used grounds in hot water for 15 min and use it as a rinse.
7. Baking- use fresh grinds or leftover coffee in sweets such as brownies, cookies, and cakes for an extra java boost
8. Furniture- mix grounds with water and dab onto furniture scratches (obviously only to darker colored furniture)
9. Drain Cleaner- mix coffee grounds with warm or hot water and pour down drain to help keep drains clear of clogs

Face and Body Scrub for Coffee Drinkers


2010
03.02

Many people know that coffee grinds are a great garden fertilizer, justifying our consumption of the energy booster by making use of the entire process. But what should eco-conscious minds do with their left-over coffee grounds if they don’t have a garden or house plants to fertilize? After experimenting with different ingredients for a DIY face and skin care regime, I found that coffee grounds make an excellent facial and body scrub! Talk about invigorating!

Instructions:
Just add a couple drops of agave nectar or pure organic maple syrup to the grounds to make it into a paste and gently scrub face and body in upward circular motions. Add normal moisturizer or lotion as usual and Voila!

Re-energized, glowing, firmer looking skin is the result from the caffeine and the exfoliation process. There are so many cosmetic companies out there trying to sell you anti-cellulite products when their main active ingredient is caffeine. Save your money and go straight to the source! Now, I’m not trying to say that it’s a cure all because, just like with those creams and gels, it has a limited time frame for which it makes the skin appear smoother. Caffeine, applied topically, boosts the circulation in the skin, increasing blood flow to those areas to which it is applied, making the skin seem fuller and less dimpled.

I don’t believe any woman or man should feel they need to “correct” their (usually genetically inclined) cellulite but I know there is a want by some folks so I thought I would throw that info out there about this homemade scrub. I use it solely because it’s less wasteful, cheap (free if you drink coffee anyways), and an effective invigorating exfoliate that makes my skin radiant!