Step 9: cleaning abrasive

Used coffee grounds can be used as a cleaning abrasive. Simply save up your coffee grounds and scoop some into your next dirty pot or pan before hand washing, the absorbent grounds are perfect for greasy pans and the small jegged edges of each ground helps in cleaning even the grossest of dishware.
<p>The acidity of spent coffee grounds is so low that it practically doesn't matter. You can easily correct it, if absolutely needed, by mixing in finely crushed egg shells (which are good for soil in and on themselves - besides calcium, they also contain magnesium and phosphorus, which are important chemicals for plant growth).</p>
<p>I'm allergic to coffee ***facepalm***</p><p>Seriously!</p>
<p>I got a freezer that had something rotted in it, the type of freezer that ought to be thrown out. </p><p>Found advice on the net (thriftyfun I think) to place a dish of ground coffee and some sheets of crumpled up slightly damp newsprint in the unplugged freezer, did that, left it with the lid closed for several days, changed the paper a couple times. Now you would never know it had a stink! </p><p>This freezer was disgusting, I had read you can never get the smell out, it would be in the insulation, in the rubber trim etc. Well, it no longer stinks. I leave a dish of coffee in the freezer, I'm afraid it will come back, it's just too hard to believe it worked that well :)</p>
Mix finely ground coffee with an oil of your choice that's suitable for your skin type. Use as an all-over body scrub. Helps tighten up the skin &amp; reduces dimply skin around the stomach/thighs. Another use is as an eye-bag depuffer. Soak your used grounds in hot water, covered, &amp; leave overnight. The next day, strain into a plastic or glass jar with a lid (an old face cream jar is perfect). Place cotton pads which have been cut to fit the container inside, soaking up all the liquid. Store in the fridge. Take a couple cold pads out in the morning, apply to your eyes for 5-10 minutes. It really helps depuff the eye area &amp; can be made fresh every week using your old grounds.
Nice 'Eight O' Clock' shadow! Haha
<p>To get rid of the smell of spilt milk in a car grind some coffee in a container and put near the spillage, the coffee will absorb the disgusting smell of gone off milk in no time.</p>
<p>Put a tablespoon of instant coffee into a pot of chili. It give it a rich flavor and can't be detected as coffee (unless you put too much in!). Chocolate works well too!</p>
<p>I put a teaspoon or 2 into my vacuum cleaner. The air that comes out while vacuuming no longer has that dusty smell and makes the house smell welcoming with that lovely coffee smell. Love the smell, just can't stand the taste.</p>
<p>Good idea!</p>
<p>well heres one i take two teaspoons of fresh ground coffee and drink it very first thing in morning with 2 glass of water and throughout the day never feel tired</p>
<p>Re: facial exfoliate: Grind the coffee as fine as possible, espresso or turkish. Otherwise, it will scratch your skin which leads to bad stuff. Caffeine is good for the skin though. My esthetician(sp?) warned me about the grind!</p>
Forgot film developer
<p>I use coffee grounds to melt snow on a sunny cold day</p>
Fabric dye: You can also keep it in a pot on low on the stove, letting the coffee continue 'brewing' into the fabric for a darker look more quickly, but you have to keep an eye on it to make sure the fabric stays submerged.
I'm not a coffee-taste fan, but it brings out great flavor in the meat. If you aren't a fan of getting a bite full of coarse coffee bits, use a VERY fine grind in your mix. I actually put the fine grind into a mortar and pestle to smash them into a powdery consistency.
I think the technical term for that is a pomander.
Your image of using coffee to exfoliate has been hijacked by a stupid Pinterest hoax about using baking soda and coffee to remove hair (I try to link people back to your Instructable when I see it). I guess if they try it, at least their face or legs will be nice and smooth!
Very cool. I didn't know about this one. Thank you. <br>
If your cat loves coffee, you can try cayenne pepper or chilli powder. They hate the smell, and will (should lol) not go near it. <br>
I make my own soap, and when i need some exfoliater soap i mixe some coffee (that has already been used to make...coffee )
I've done this with Venison and Kangaroo tenderloin. <br>salt, pepper, and course ground coffee beans. roll the tenderloin into rub.untill its crusted. then grill over very hot coals. Sear the outside. the center should be rare <br> <br>slice the tenderloin very thin.
My daughter used to just eat the coffee beans, grabbing a few from the coffee grinder in the grocery store. She would tell me they tasted like nuts. I actually had to try them, and she was right, they do taste like nuts. I don't care for the feel, but the taste was nutty.
ill release this secret to the world... <br>coffee is great to drink, it provides you with a shot term energy boost. you mix it with milk, how water and sugar to make a drink. but i just mix with hot water.
Dried coffee grounds can also be sprinkled on the floor before dry mopping. Adds a bit of shine and grabs the dust. Then compost it.
I might have missed it in a comment, but you didn't mention using coffee to develop film and photographic paper! Check it out; search &quot;caffenol&quot; - it's real!
<br>Mixed with your normal moisturizer coffee does also provide an emergency tan, never used it myself but my housemate does. Also, olbas oil is the only thing I have found effective in stopping the genocidal tenancies of my 2 cats towards my houseplants.
It would appear that 2 out of 3 of my cats actually love the smell of coffee. One will come running when the grinder is running
I have to agree here, my cat is notorious for drinking out of and knocking over guests' coffee cups (also, stealing their cigarettes) so I'm pretty sure coffee grounds would have him licking the dirt rather than running away from it... o.O
Haha! Sounds like your cat has some habits to kick! =)
hehe no kidding... I have no idea where he got those preferences though, since neither my husband nor I smoke or drink coffee o.O My brother theorizes that he was a trucker in a past life... ^.~
Coffee mixed with washing soda and water can be used to develop black and white film. Can't remember the amounts off the top of my head but a quick look here should sort you out.<br>http://www.caffenol.org/
http://content.photojojo.com/tutorials/coffee-caffenol-film-developing/<br><br>It's fun! Also, saying that the chemicals &quot;combine to smell like grim death&quot; is an understatement.
coffee can also enhance a chocolate flavor- like if you put a dash of instant coffee in hot chocolate it tastes great
HAHA! I love that with the beard. You remind me of an Old West Cowboy. Person. Or something.
Kids loved the faux beard pic! :)
Another use for ground coffee is to stop inside mouth bleeding (most probably all type of bleeding). <br>My friend's 3 yo bled from inside of his lip - 10 changes of ice didn't stop the bleeding, a little of ground coffee stopped it in around 10 seconds.
Just put the roasted beans in your mouth and chew now you have even stronger than coffee
I use coffee as a wood stain quite often. Take dark roast coffee and mix with boiling water in a 1:1 ratio. Let the mixture cool for a good couple of hours with the grounds in the water. By the time it's cooled the liquid is an very dark brown, almost black color. Filter the grounds out and apply liberally with a wide brush. Expect to apply at least 3 coats, the more coats the darker it will be. I made shelves for my wife and applied around 6 coats of coffee stain. The wood came out with a deep walnut color in the end.<br><br>Keep in mind though, you are applying water to wood. If you're staining a large piece there is a chance that it will cause the wood to warp. In addition make sure you allow the wood to dry slightly between coats. This will minimize the warping as it won't stay wet for a long period of time.<br><br>The wood will also have a very matte finish to it once it's done being stained. I apply polyurethane to my pieces after to seal the wood and give it a slight gloss, giving a light sanding between each coat to smooth out the finish.
You can also use cooking oil to get a nice finish on your wood, just get the untreated wood and rub in some cooking oil. Wipe off the excess and leave it for a while. Depending on the environment the wood is in, it might excrete some of the oil over time, so just wipe it down a couple more times and you get a nice shiny finish :)
If some of the polyurthanes can be thinned with water or cleaned up with water, couldn't the coffee mixed in with it to make a new kind of finish for the wood? Still, I would think that a few coats would be better, too.
Great tips, thanks!
Like the frig idea, fresh ground coffee will sweeten your ice chest after a camping trip. Just toss a tablespoon or two in and forget about it until it's time for the next trip. Then rinse and refill it. If the cooler is grody, then use the abrasive qualities of the grounds to help clean it.<br><br>And if you spill something in your car, tossing fresh grounds on the carpet will help mask the odor until you can get rid of the spill.
LOL....I spilled a good bit of coffee (already brewed) in my car and I can't get rid of the coffee smell. Maybe that was a good &quot;accident&quot;.
Hehe, were you trying to predict the weather with it?<br> <br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Predict-weather-with-a-cup-of-coffee/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Predict-weather-with-a-cup-of-coffee/</a>
This idea totally works! But to make it even simpler and more eco-friendly, I just pop out my damp used cone filter with the coffee grounds in it and pop it into a coffee mug and stick it in the back bottom of the fridge. It gets refreshed as often as we make coffee! :-)
You should read this <a href="http://shine.yahoo.com/green/20-unusual-uses-coffee-183200501.html" rel="nofollow">article</a>, I bet you could add some things from it! : )
I made my own coffee air freshener a bit different, though it looks more awesome!<br><br>I just grabbed a lid from a Nutella jar (that looks like a drinking glass) and a grid from an old desktop computer PSU. 5 second later:<br>
awesome idea! :D

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