Did you know that tea bags can be used for more than just making a cup of tea? Or that coffee grounds can be put to use around your home and garden once you’ve brewed your morning coffee?
Fun Fact* – I’ve never tried coffee. Ever. 😂
Our local Starbucks and a couple of local cafes do save their coffee grounds though so I do often manage to pick up a bag or two from their ‘take what you need’ baskets.
*OK, not so much fun but it’s definitely a fact.
What else can you do with coffee grounds and used tea bags?
Coffee grounds are amazing in a body scrub! Just add a quarter of a cup of coffee grounds to half a cup of sugar and then about a quarter to a third cup of melted coconut oil, a few drops of vanilla essence and mix it together. Just rub it into your skin in circular motions to exfoliate and remove dead skin.
I’ve also read (but not tried) that you can use your coffee grounds to make your own homemade anti-cellulite treatment. Mix equal amounts of coffee grounds and water (a quarter cup of each feels like an ideal quantity to start with) and then gently rub your mix into your skin. It’s said that caffeine dilates blood vessels and creates a toning effect. Gently rubbing the mixture into your skin will also your circulation which will make your skin look smoother.
Once you’ve made your cup of tea, make another cup with the used tea bags and let it go cold. Rinse the cold tea through your hair after your usual shampoo and conditioner. Tea gives a natural shine to dull hair and adds extra volume, and the caffeine in it is said to help hair grow faster too!
And this next one is probably one you already know about but cold, used tea bags can work miracles on your eyes if they’re looking a bit tired and puffy. Just pop some music on, lay back, and put your tea bags over your closed eyes for a little while and you’ll be a new person when you take them off again.
Both tea and coffee are great for getting rid of unpleasant smells! Rubbing your hands with ground coffee after chopping onion or garlic will get rid of the odour and a couple of used tea bags in an open container in your fridge will soak up any odours in there too. You can even pop dried out tea leaves in your trainers to absorb any smells in there.
If you let your used tea bags dry out completely then you can open them up and add the dried tea leaves into your homemade shake and vac. The tea leaves will add even more power to lift odours and dirt.
If you’ve got some wooden furniture that has a scratch then you can try and fix it by mixing some coffee grounds with a bit of olive oil and apply it with small brush or a cotton wool bud. It’s not going to get rid of the scratch but it’ll make it less noticeable which might just be enough for you.
And finally, don’t forget that coffee grounds are amazing for your garden so use anything you have leftover as compost – your garden will absolutely love you for it!
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