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

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!

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 September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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