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8 Clever Ways To Use Coffee

Brought to you by Gloria Jeans.

Coffee lovers rejoice! There are MANY ways those little brown beans are magical. Not only do they take us from zero to hero, but when ground finely, they have a lot of handy uses!

1. Soil enricher: The acidity and strong scent of coffee makes it a great deterrent in the garden. The acidity will assist with keeping slugs and snails out and the same time, the coffee will attract helpful worms which can enrich the soil underground.

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2. Candle wax: Something as simple as the smell of coffee can enhance your focus... so why not bring the smell of a coffee shop into your home by making coffee candles? Here's how:

3. On your food: Ground very finely, coffee can contribute to a delicious dry rub for ribs, steak and chicken! Pair some coffee with paprika, brown sugar, pepper, onion, garlic and coriander... my mouth is already melting!

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4. Odor removal: If your fridge or freezer is smelling weird, place a cup of unused coffee grounds inside. The coffee will soak up the bad odors.

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5. Economical Pan Scrub: Are your frying pans filthy? A few coffee grounds on a rag can help scrape away caked-on dirt. *Don't use coffee grounds on ceramic or dishes that stain easily.

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6. Exfoliant: Mix coffee grounds with a carrier oil like coconut, olive, almond, jojoba etc) and spread on your face to moisturize, reduce wrinkles, remove dark circles or puffiness under the eyes, tighten the skin and remove dead skin cells.

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7. Hiding scratches on wooden furniture: Combine a tablespoon of ground coffee and a small amount of hot water (90 degrees celsius) and let it sit for a couple minutes. Using a cotton swab or paintbrush, rub some of the steeped coffee grounds on the scratches. While it may not perfectly match the colour of the wood, it'll definitely help to hide the scratches.

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8. Air-freshener in a vase: Using a coffee-soil mix for your flower vase will not only lengthen a cut flower's life, it will also act as an air freshener in the room.

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