Do you have any extra coffee beans or ground coffee laying around getting stale? If it’s from us, hopefully not …but there are other uses for coffee beans besides drinking their brew.
Coffee beans in your purse? Yes, ladies, another thing that we should stash in our purses. A little bag of coffee beans…because when you are all out of mints or gum, you can suck on a coffee bean and your breath will smell clean and fresh!
Do you know what your olfactory bulb is?? It’s your sniffer, of course! That silly thing gets worn out if you smell too many perfumes and don’t let it rest properly. You can reset your sense of smell if you take a quick whiff of some coffee beans. It’s weird, but it totally works!
Some more smells that just don’t go away – you know the culprits – garlic, onions, fish… Even after a few times scrubbing at the sink with some soap doesn’t help. Coffee beans can help with that as well. You can rub a few coffee beans on your hands and the oils being released from the beans will absorb the smell. When the odor is gone, wash your hands in warm, soapy water. Double yay for our noses!
Don’t have any baking soda to freshen up your fridge? Use coffee beans instead! If there is any foul smell in your fridge, just place the beans inside a bowl and let it sit in your fridge. Odors be gone!
Coffee grounds are great for cleaning around the house too! The grounds can be used to clean any stain resistant surface, especially greasy kitchen surfaces and even greasy pots and pans! You know…that one you used to cook up some bacon this morning? And don’t worry, the beans won’t stain. They wipe right up!
Smell something gross in your kitchen drain and want to get rid of it? Slowly pour a cup of coffee grounds, mixed with boiling water, down the drain and odors will simply disappear.
Grounds for gardening… I know I’ve said this before. Adding coffee grounds to the soil used for your plants can be an effective way of helping them thrive. Use the coffee grounds sparingly in most of your garden so as to not raise the acidity of the soil and work it thoroughly into the surrounding soil.
How about using some coffee as your SECRET INGREDIENT in your sauces, glazes, marinades??
Here’s a sampling of some delicious looking recipes…
Turkey with cane syrup coffee glaze
Coffee Marinated Bison Short Ribs (I know! They are getting all fancy with the bison! I’m sure you could just use beef short ribs!)
Alton Brown’s Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
Brown Sugar and Coffee Barbecue Sauce
I think I see a pattern here…coffee seems to go hand in hand with sugar of some sort. Coincidence? I think not.
Another new beauty regimen! Have you been yearning for smooth, exfoliated hands? Grind up your coffee beans to semi-coarse (for that extra exfoliating action) and rub them around with some liquid soap while you’re washing your hands. Smooth hands will be your reward!