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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 July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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