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10 Amazing Ways to Use Coffee Grounds You Didn’t Know About

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10 Amazing Ways to Use Coffee Grounds You Didn’t Know About

Humans love coffee so much that a handful of countries observe a whole day, September 29, in its honor. Every year around this time, coffee lovers get to take advantage of new coffee tastes, drink discounts, or even get daily free cups of Joe on select days. But besides actually making and drinking coffee, folks aren’t sure of what else to do with it. If you’ve ever wondered if you could get additional use from coffee grounds, you are absolutely right. I’ll be sharing 10 creative and unexpected ways to use coffee grounds starting today in this article.

1. Minimize the appearance of cellulite.

Talk about a crazy tip that gives such satisfying results! Natural beauty expert Renée Loux tested this hack and revealed that the “treatment can be moderately effective.” The trick to reducing the appearance of cellulite is in the recipe. To achieve results:

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  • Mix 1/4 cup ground coffee with 3 tablespoons hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes to absorb the water and form a paste.
  • Next, mix in 2 tablespoons of olive oil to help bind the grinds.
  • Cleanse problem areas in a warm shower, then turn off the water and apply the scrub by massaging in a circular motion for two to four minutes with your hands or a washcloth.
  • Rinse with warm water to remove all grounds, then pat dry and moisturize if desired.

2. Eliminate pests; increase harvest.

Add a liberal amount of coffee grounds to your [carrot and radish] seeds when planting for an beneficial effect. Doing this will double your harvest while also protecting them from nasty bugs and pests that are set out to destroy them anyway.

3. Cut out cats.

Cats might be a bigger problem than bugs and pests! When they are, drop coffee grounds and orange peels wherever you’d prefer they not hang out. This simple trick will keep them away, while adding an even more glorious fragrance to your garden.

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4. Clean dirty pans.

Have you ever cooked a delicious meal only to be left with massive food residue in the pans later? Now you don’t have to. Cut your dish-washing time in half by placing a few teaspoons of coffee grounds on a thin rag and use it to eliminate grease and whatever else lingers in your pans.

5. Beautify your hair.

Did you know that mixing coffee grounds with your conditioner (and using it weekly) will give you long and shiny hair? Your hair will shine and most importantly, you won’t break the bank achieving this result. Plus, this mix will strip your hair of build up.

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6. Unclog your drain.

Kitchen and bathroom sinks get clogged all the time for various reasons, and can be hard or costly to unclog. By combining a pot of boiled water, a small amount of dish soap and coffee grounds, your drains will become clear and clean of built up grease and other mystery substances.

7. Tenderize meat.

Here’s a cool recipe that will tenderize your meats for any occasion. If you use coffee as a spice for a meat rub, it will tenderize it and add a smokey flavor that your guests will appreciate. 

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8. Make an air freshener.

Some people love coffee so much that they want to smell it all the time. With a pair of stockings, heavy duty string, a plastic cup and, of course, coffee grounds, you can make your very own semi-permanent coffee air freshener for your home, office or car. For a step-by-step tutorial, click here. Enjoy the whiffs!

9. Love your dog with flea repellent.

Did you know that adding coffee grounds to your dog’s shampoo will create a natural flea repellent? It does! Add a teaspoon of used coffee grounds to your pup’s favorite shampoo and expect a ton of licks in thanks for no bugs!

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10. Remove dark circles from under your eyes.

Women scour beauty stores for products that will tighten skin, reduce puffiness, treat acne and smooth and exfoliate the skin. Save money and time by brewing coffee grounds and applying them under your eyes. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. And another word of advice: do this exercise over your bathroom sink! Watch it live here.

Featured photo credit: Olga Filonenko via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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