I hope at least a few coffee-lovers are reading this article. The drink wakes us up and makes our morning so much more enjoyable. Moreover, it reduces cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer risk. As if that was not enough, not only can you drink but, but there are a few things more it can be used for.
#1 Insect repellent
Coffee contains diterpenes which might be toxic for insects. Consequently, you can use coffee grounds to repel mosquitoes, fruit flies, beetles and other pests. All you need to do is scatter the grounds around the spot where you relax or simply leave a cup filled with grounds there.
You can also use them to protect your plants. Just pour it around and snails will be kept at bay.
#2 Cut flowers
Birthdays, anniversaries… Any occasion is fine to bring some flowers home. Have you forgotten to buy the fertilizer?
Just dilute some coffee and pour it into the flower vase. Nitrogen, magnesium and potassium that coffee contains will make the plant last longer.
Never pour undiluted coffee as it could be too sour!
#3 Ideally soft meat
Rub the meat with coffee grounds two hours before you start to boil it. The acid they contain will make the meat softer and more delicate.
#4 Pot and pan cleaning paste
The texture of coffee grounds makes it ideal for scouring pots and frying pans.
Just put some on the sponge and wash the dishes like you always do. Make sure you rinse them well.
#5 An effective way to get rid of nasty smells
This applies to a number of sources! You can put a bowl of grounds in the fridge or refrigerator. It can be simply anywhere some nasty smelling food is kept. Keep them in a container by the sink and use them to clean your hands after chopping onion or garlic.
You can also fill some old socks or tights with coffee grounds to create some portable air refreshers. Put them into shoes, bags, bedroom drawers or anywhere else this could come in handy.
#6 Remove furniture scratches
Mix coffee grounds with a quarter glass of warm water and a quarter glass of vinegar, to create a useful stain which will remove the scratches. Shake it well and put it away for about an hour. Then rub it in into the scratches, applying it as often as it takes.
#7 Baking flans
Baking a flan in the oven calls for some burden to press them. Some use dedicated weights whole other reach for beans, which later on can only be thrown away.
What if we tried something that is to end up in the bin soon anyway?
Cover the flan with aluminum foil and throw dry grounds on it. And that’s it!