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13 Unusual Uses For Coffee That Have Nothing To Do With Drinking It

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If starting your day with a cup of coffee is essential, then you know the importance of this delicious ground bean. Whether it's the caffeine fix or the intoxicating aroma, many Americans start their day with a cup of Joe. Well, as it turns out, there's more uses for coffee than to wake you up in the morning.

So it's time to start saving those used coffee grounds, because they will come in handy in places you hadn't even considered.

Stop Fridge Odor

If the smell of your fridge is a mixture between old vegetables, soggy leftovers and spoiled milk, then clearly you need some help. Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside your fridge and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the awful smells and you will crave a cup of Joe every time you open the fridge. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Reduce Cellulite

Cellulite creams can get costly and they may not always work. These creams and coffee have one major ingredient in common: caffeine. Caffeine is supposed to enhance fat metabolism and helps to reduce the appearance of these fatty pockets under your skin. To make your own treatment, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin using a circular motion. Then rinse away.

Create Shiny Hair

The secret to shiny, healthy looking hair is not confined to your shampoo bottle. Coffee is a natural way to keep your hair looking glossy. Brew up a nice strong pot of coffee, let it cool and then apply it to your dry, clean hair. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse it away. Doing this regiment once a week will give you beautiful hair without expensive salon treatments.

Exfoliate Skin

Not only can coffee be good for your hair, but it can also help give you great skin! The same properties that can help reduce cellulite can actually help smooth and tighten your skin. The texture of ground coffee will help to remove dead skin cells too! Make your own skin scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds, with half a tablespoon of olive oil, as well as a drop of your favorite essential oil for a great scent.

Remove Smell From Your Hands

Have you been chopping garlic and now no matter how many times you wash your hands they still smell? While it may have been delicious at the time, the lingering odor is starting to become offensive. Get rid of the strong scent by rubbing a handful of used coffee grounds on your hands and then rinsing them with warm water.

Make Great Compost

You will want to put aside your used coffee ground this winter for the spring thaw. Many gardeners swear by adding used coffee grounds to their compost. Rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, the coffee grounds will release nitrogen into the soil as they break down.

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