Coffee seems to be completely useless for the people who manage to get through every day without throwing back the deliciously bitter bean water from Mother Nature. And even if you are using Java, you may not realize how useful these remaining reasons can be. Here are 10 ways to make the most of coffee without drinking a drop.
1. Repair furniture remnants and scratches.
You can claim that the scratches give your coffee table its character, but would you say the same if you knew how easy it was to get rid of it? This PopSugar DIY stain requires your leftover coffee grounds, 1/4 cup warm water, and 1/4 cup vinegar. Shake the mixture, let it rest for at least an hour, and then rub it with a rag in furniture flaws (you may need to apply a few layers for darker wood tones).
2. Make an air freshener for almost anywhere.
Pour some dried coffee grounds into old tights and tie them up at the top to get a simple air freshener that neutralizes funky smells in your fridge, car, gym bag, or any other place where you frown.
3. Eliminate persistent smells on your hands.
The natural deodorant properties of coffee can be helpful if you also want to get a stubborn stench from your hands. Mix a pinch of coffee grounds into your soap and scrub until your fingers no longer smell of onions, garlic, or whatever else you̵
4. Exfoliate your face.
Finely ground coffee is gentle enough to be used as a facial scrub and also contains antioxidants that are great for your skin. This recipe from Nyakio Grieco, the founder of the Nyakio Beauty skin care line, is a mixture of coffee grounds, brown sugar, avocado oil and coconut oil. You can adjust other options depending on your skin type.
5. Fertilize your garden.
According to Healthline, coffee grounds release nitrogen, potassium, magnesium and other minerals that stimulate plant growth – and they also repel insects that could harm these plants. You can sprinkle coffee grounds directly on the ground or add them to your compost and incorporate them into your garden as soon as everything has decomposed.
6. Clean your fireplace.
Cleaning your fireplace can fill the air with ashes, making it a pretty miserable task even for people with no breathing problems. If you first sprinkle a thin layer of coffee grounds over it, the ashes cannot rise when swept up.
7. Enrich your baked goods.
Cakes, muffins, and other coffee-flavored desserts are delicious for anyone who loves a good cup of Joe, but coffee can also take certain baked goods to the next level without tasting like damp, fluffy espresso beans. According to Lifehacker, this works best for chocolate desserts like brownies and cakes, especially if you’re using a box mix. Simply replace brewed coffee with the amount of water that the recipe requires. The coffee adds richness and complexity to the chocolate taste, and your guests will think you made the dessert from scratch.
8. Fill a homemade pincushion.
When you fill your homemade pincushion with dried coffee grounds, all your needles stay in one place and your sewing box smells wonderful. Here are step-by-step instructions for creating your own instructions from the Queen Bean Coffee Company blog.
9. Improve your fishing bait.
There is not much scientific evidence that coffee actually attracts more fish, but many experienced fishermen vouch for its effectiveness – there are even coffee-scented baits on the market. Gone Outdoors recommends letting worms run around in the coffee grounds for a while before putting them on the hook.
10. Color some fabric.
They are a large pot of coffee away from achieving the natural prairie look. If you dye your clothes in fifty shades, you only have to soak them in brewed coffee for different lengths of time. However, these additional tips from The Spruce Crafts can help you get the results you want. (Even if you’re not interested in revolutionizing your wardrobe, using coffee as a dye can be useful if you need to soil an item for a Halloween costume or upcycling an already stained kitchen towel.)