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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greetings Thrifty Friends,

Coffee is at least 500 years old, and perhaps more. It is drank in practically every country in the world and has been shown to have certain health benefits when consumed moderately. But you might also be surprised to know that coffee has a number of uses outside of drinking, some that can save you time and money!

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Kill fridge odor. If your fridge has an odor problem, place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the odors. This trick works for practically anything else as well - as long as you don't mind whatever you are deodorizing smelling like coffee for a while.

Reduce cellulite. Pricey cellulite creams almost always have one major ingredient in common: caffeine, which supposedly enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.

Exfoliate skin. The same properties that reportedly enable coffee to reduce the appearance of cellulite can smooth and tighten your skin, and the texture of ground coffee will buff away dead skin cells, too. Make your own coffee-based scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds with half a tablespoon of olive oil and, optionally, a drop of your favorite essential oil.

Touch up furniture scratches. Scratches on wood furniture disappear almost instantly by simply rubbing in a little bit of instant coffee dampened into a paste with hot water. Repeat if necessary until the scratch matches the surrounding wood.

Repel ants. Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.

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