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Alternative uses of coffee in the kitchen and elsewhere

Coffee’s a drink that either helps you stay awake, helps you face the day or gives you a much needed boost when you’re flagging but coffee can be used for a little more than that, as you’ll see.

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Coffee has uses outside of the kitchen. You could use it in the garden where it has three applications. The first is as a fertiliser. Add a small amount of coffee grounds directly to top soil, especially with plants that go for high acidity, and you’ll be amazed by this new found use for coffee.

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The second application for coffee in the garden is as an insect repellent. Because of coffee’s very strong odour, many insects and animals stay away. The addition of coffee to the soil adds to the grounds acidity too so ants, slugs and maggots are also more likely to stay away.

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The second application for coffee in the garden is as an insect repellent. Because of coffee’s very strong odour, many insects and animals stay away. The addition of coffee to the soil adds to the grounds acidity too so ants, slugs and maggots are also more likely to stay away.

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You can also use coffee with your compost. If you mix it with lye, you get a great composting agent. Why not through the coffee filter in too?

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Coffee can be used to deodorise a fridge. It helps reduce fridge smells like onion and other strong smelling products like cheese. All you need to do is to make a sachet of ground coffee and leave it in the back of the fridge for a few days.

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This might not be to everyone’s taste but you can flavour a steak with coffee. Rubbing coffee onto your steak will give it a unique flavour. You need to leave it to marinate for a few hours before cooking to perfection.

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This might not be to everyone’s taste but you can flavour a steak with coffee. Rubbing coffee onto your steak will give it a unique flavour. You need to leave it to marinate for a few hours before cooking to perfection.

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Another use for coffee is as a form of paint. We’re not suggesting that you put it on your bedroom walls, but when mixed with water you can make a decent paint from it that could be used for your next masterpiece, or something the kids are throwing together.

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You could use coffee as a cleaning agent. Used ground coffee has an abrasive surface and it’s also very absorbent so it’s perfect for greasy pots and pans.

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You could use coffee as a cleaning agent. Used ground coffee has an abrasive surface and it’s also very absorbent so it’s perfect for greasy pots and pans.

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