Coffee, not merely to drink

2016-08-24 06:00
 Coffee beans can be used for a multiple of things.

Coffee beans can be used for a multiple of things.

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DON’T ditch those used coffee grounds after brewing a special cup of the popular beverage.

Get rid of the garlic smell from your hands: keep grounds in a dish near the kitchen sink and scrub them whenever you want to rid your hands of strong odours from fish, onion or garlic.

Fertilise plants: enrich the soil of flower beds by working coffee grounds directly into the dirt. This practice works especially well for beds containing roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen, camellias and other acid-loving plants.

Coffee grounds can actually create hyper-blue hydrangeas. The grounds increase the acidity of the soil, which helps them absorb aluminum and creates the vibrant blooms.

Repel insects

To create a protective border around plants and shrubs, form small rings of coffee grounds around the base. This will prevent unwanted critters like ants, slugs or snails from getting too close. Furthermore, sprinkle old grounds wherever you don't want bugs to appear.

What to do with leftover coffee: make coffee ice cubes. Pour leftover coffee in ice cube trays, freeze and then add to home-made ice coffee for a full-flavoured cool coffee sipper.

Freshen up your closets: coffee is a natural deodorising agent. Grind up coffee beans very fine, and place a few scoops into a cheesecloth sachet or reusable brew bag. Hang these easy-to-make sachets in a closet to clear up musty smells - just dangle from a hanger for a day or two. Other places worthy of these deodorising pouches include stinky shoes, the refrigerator and the car.
- Today Everyday Solutions.

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