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Recycle Coffee Grounds (and Coffee) 21 ways

In the garden:

1. Organic fertilizer: Sprinkle them in the soil of plants that love acidic soils, especially rosebushes, rhododendrons, camellias, evergreens, carrots, and radishes.

2. Organic pest and ant repellent: Sprinkle areas where ants, slugs, and snails hang out and destroy your garden.

3. Organic cat repellent: Yes, I love cats, but if you want to keep them out of your plants and garden, coffee grounds will do the trick.

4. Mushroom growing soil: Inoculated mushroom plugs nestled into moist coffee grounds can mean a great mushroom crop for you. Put grounds in a glass container and press a mushroom plug into them, repeating with more grounds and mushroom plugs until you run out of room. If you see mould, just remove it.

5. Bait worm life support: Add coffee grounds to soil to help keep bait worms alive longer.

In the house:

6. Closet deodorizer: Old pantyhose plus coffee grounds equals a sachet to keep your closet free of odours.

7. Refrigerator and freezer deodorizer: Place ground in a small cup and in the fridge or freezer much as you would baking soda.

8. Pin cushion filler: If you still use pin cushions (like I do), dried coffee grounds are a great filler for the cushions.

9. Abrasive cleaner: For stubborn grease and stains on pots and pans, coffee grounds really get in there and do the job.

10. Dust deflector: Weíre talking about the fireplace here; sprinkle coffee grounds on ashes before you start collecting them to minimize the dust. I *love* this tip and use it often.

11. Furniture scratch toucher upper: Use a Q-tip and coffee grounds to fill in scratches on wooden furnitureĖremember the coffee will stain the wood a bit, so donít use it on something that wonít match.

12. Drain cleaner: Be careful with this one as you donít want to clog your drain with coffee grounds! *But* to counter odors coming from your drain, you can pour about a half a cup of coffee grains down the drain followed by boiling hot water to get the grounds through. No more smells!

13. Meat tenderizer: This is one for leftover coffee as opposed to coffee grounds; soak steaks in coffee to tenderize and for an interesting added flavor.

14. Chocolate cake flavourer: Used grounds and fresh grounds both give a little kick to chocolate baked goods, including brownies.

In your beauty routine: for fun

15. Hand soap: Rub grounds on your hands to get rid of stubborn odors like onion and garlic.

16. Face mask: An egg white mixed with 1/4 cup grounds makes a great exfoliating face mask.

17. Hair rinse: After washing your hair, rub in coffee grounds for shine, softness, and even a bit of colour for those of you who are dark-haired; remember coffee grounds act as a dye, so if you have light hair, unless you want highlights, this one isnít for you.

18. Cellulite rub: Mix one tablespoon of olive oil with 1/4 cup moist, warm coffee grounds and spread on cellulite hot spots. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, leave on for a few minutes, and then remove wrap and shower as normal. For best results, do a couple times a week. If anyone tries this, you *must* let me know how it turns out.

For MORE fun:

19. Dye: Use a mix of coffee grounds and water to dye clothing, paper, or even Easter eggs.

20. Tattoo base: Make homemade temporary tattoos using coffee grounds and henna.

And finally, on your doggie:

21. Dog flea dip: I havenít had the nerve to try this one yet, my dog is white.....but apparently apply after the shampoo and rinse routine.
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