Do you love a good cup of coffee? More than 50 percent of Americans drink it every day. But what about the leftover grounds?

We did a little research and found several ways you can reuse coffee grounds in and around your home.

1. Clean kitchen drains: Boil about 6 cups of water. Pour a half of cup of used coffee grounds down the drain, followed by the hot water.

2. Dirty ashtrays: Grounds are abrasive and may help with difficult cleaning. Mix the grounds with a little bit of water and scrub with a firm brush.

3. Cat and pest repellent: To help keep cats and pests from the garden area, mix coffee grounds with used orange peels and spread the mixture around the outside of your garden.

4. Hair color: If you’re a brunette, coffee grounds may enhance your color. Rub used grounds throughout your hair in between shampooing and conditioning.

5. Mulch: Toss your used coffee grounds onto the soil. The dark color absorbs heat from the sun, which helps the soil warm up, adding nutrients to the soil as the grounds break down.

6. Body scrub: In a bowl, mix two cups of coffee grounds, ½ cup raw sugar or sea salt and 2/3 tablespoons of massage oil. Rub in a circular motion to wet or damp skin in the shower.

7. Deodorize a freezer: Fill a couple of bowls with used or fresh coffee grounds and place them in the freezer overnight.

Other uses can be found at www.howtodothings.com/caffeine.htm


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