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34 Unexpected Ways Coffee Grounds Can Make Your Life Better

The best bean in the world is even better than you thought.

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5. Bring on the Worms

Worms might not be the best pets, but they are great for your garden; they turn the soil and fertilize it with their own body processes. Worms are attracted to coffee grounds, so adding it to your garden beds will attract more of these helpful creatures.


10. Build a Better Pin Cushion

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Filling your pin cushion with coffee grounds will prevent your pins from rusting. Plus, it's like a sachet of good smells every time you use it.

Pro tip: Make sure to dry them thoroughly first by spreading them on a cookie sheet and placing them in the freezer for an hour or two.


14. Clean Your Hands After Chopping Garlic

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Keep a little cup of coffee grounds near or under your sink, and rub a handful of them on your hands after chopping garlic or onions or other smelly things. The grounds will absorb the odor.


29. Strip Buildup from Your Hair


The abrasive texture of coffee grounds will help strip oils and buildup from your hair. Pile them on in the shower or, for a much less messy strategy, just add some grounds to your shampoo or conditioner. (Best for brunettes as coffee can also darken hair.)


Want to take advantage of the java bean's benefits but don't like coffee yourself? No problem!

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Most coffee shops (including most Starbucks) will give you bags of used grounds for free!