For many of us, coffee is an essential part of our everyday lives. But did you know there are other uses for coffee besides just drinking it? Read on!
Ways to Use Coffee for Hair and Body
Add coffee grounds to any homemade body scrub for great exfoliation. It helps slough off dead skin cells and encourages new skin cells to come to the surface.
Reduce appearance of cellulite
Make an anti-cellulite scrub. Mix together fresh coffee grounds, dried sage leaves, and melted coconut oil. Rub this into legs, belly, or anywhere else cellulite might be lurking. Both sage and coffee help to break down cellulite and increase circulation. Be very careful as the coconut oil can make the shower very slippery!
Make a natural coffee rinse for darkening hair that will be a great alternative to chemical hair dyes. You can find the complete instructions in our Homemade Herbal Hair Dye article.
Eliminate odors from hands
Make a dip bowl and keep it by your sink to rid your hands of odors after chopping onions or garlic. Add coffee grounds to a small bowl and mix in a small amount of liquid castile soap. After chopping onions or garlic, scoop out a small amount of the mixture and rub it into your hands. Rinse well.
Ingredient in homemade soap
Alternately, add fresh coffee grounds to your soap when you are making cold process or melt and pour soap. It will work much the same way.
Make a quick dry shampoo for your hair. Mix fresh coffee grounds into some arrowroot powder, adjusting the amounts to match your hair color. (You may want to run the coffee grounds through a coffee/spice grinder to be sure it’s very finely ground.) You can make a little or a lot and keep it for future use. Use a foundation brush to brush the mixture into your scalp at the hairline. Let sit a few minutes to soak up excess oil, then brush out. Your hair will look fresher and smell better. (See our other article on making Homemade Dry Shampoo for different hair colors.)
Using Coffee Grounds Around the House
Hide scratches in wood
Make a paste from fresh, unused coffee grounds and a small amount of cooking oil. (Any oil will work.) Rub this into furniture to minimize the appearance of scratches.
Add coffee grounds (used or fresh) to houseplants to give them a boost, mixing it into the soil. Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen, and are great for houseplants.
Eliminate musty odors
Have a musty smell coming from under the sink or in a closet? Fill a pie pan with fresh coffee grounds and place it in the area. The coffee will absorb any odors in this area. This works great in the refrigerator too!
Natural air freshener
Use flavored coffee grounds in a shallow dish anywhere in the house to impart a fun scent.
Mix coffee grounds into your soil when planting in the garden. Not only does it add nitrogen, as above with the houseplants, it will also make a nice, aerated soil mix. Plus, it’s light-weight and inexpensive (or free if you were going to toss them out anyway).
Absorb vacuum odors
Make a pouch of coffee grounds wrapped in cheesecloth and place in your vacuum cleaner bag. Discard with the bag when full. This will absorb any odors in the bag. You can also use this in bagless vacuums, just remember to remove before you dump out since you empty this more often.
Sprinkle under outdoor plants like hostas to discourage slugs from moving in. Then don’t like to crawl over the rough surface.
For fireplace clean-up
When you are cleaning your fireplace or wood stove, sprinkle damp coffee grounds over everything first. It will keep the dust down and help to gather up all of the small bits of burnt wood that remain. It will also help absorb some of the heavy odors.
Add finely ground fresh coffee to any rub that you would use for meat. It adds a great flavor!
Have you used coffee in an unusual way? Tell us about it!