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COFFEE GROUNDS (don’t throw them away)

I come from a long line of coffee drinkers that appreciated their morning brew. They also appreciated the leftover coffee grounds. And instead of throwing them away they found many frugal and useful things to do with them.
*Leftover grounds can be kept in the freezer until ready for use.
1. Useful ways to use coffee grounds as a beauty aid.

Cellulite Reducer  -Make your own homemade mixture for reducing cellulite. It’s been reported that coffee grounds work by stimulating cell circulation, melting fat, and moving the fluids and toxins out.
Weekly cellulite treatment -mix ¼ cup of warm used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Next place a towel or newspaper on the floor under your feet in order to prevent a mess.  Apply the mixture on the problem areas and rub in a circular motion. Then, wrap the problem areas with a shrink-wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush off any loose coffee grounds from your skin, and then take a shower. Repeat the procedure twice a week.
Daily cellulite Treatment – While in the shower, use a handful of coffee grounds and squirt of body wash. And vigorously rub coffee grounds on troubled cellulite spots for a few minutes everyday.
Bath Scrub – While in the shower try rubbing your skin with used coffee grounds to remove dead skin cells. A handful of coffee grounds with a little liquid soap results in smooth soft skin. Try adding a few drops of Vanilla Extract for a nice scent.
Face cleanser – Coffee grounds make a gentle exfoliating wash for your face, mix with a little soap and rub on your face.
Facial – A ¼ cup of coffee grounds mixed with an egg white makes a toning and firming facial. Massage it into your skin and allow it to dry, then rinse. Then follow with a moisturizer.
Hair Shine Solution – Reportedly using left over coffee can make your hair softer and shinier. Shampoo your hair then rinse your hair with the coffee, wait a few moments and rinse with water.
Gray Hair – Steep a cup of used coffee grounds in hot water, then use as a rinse to help cover gray.
Hair Dye – Brewed coffee can also be used in light brown/brunette hair to darken it.
Coffee Tan– Sponge on your left over coffee Freshen up your summer tan by rubbing coffee grounds all over your body then leave on for 30 minutes. Brewed coffee at room temperature can also be sponged and left on your skin for 20-30 minutes. Darker skin can be achieved by repeating this process more often.
2. Coffee Grounds is a Natural Deodorizer;
First dry your used coffee grounds out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl or old soak.  

Hand Deodorizer- rubbing your hands with coffee ground will remove strong odor such as fish or onion from your hands. 
Fridge Deodorizer – Remove those unwanted smells from your refrigerator by placing a bowl filled or sock filled with dry used coffee grounds that will gradually absorb all unwanted odors. Add a few drops of your favorite extract (vanilla, almond, peppermint est.) to the coffee grounds for a nice aroma.
Shoe Deodorizer – Place a sock fill with dry used coffee grounds inside your shoes to absorb odors.

3. Gardening– There is a several ways that your plants can also appreciate your leftover coffee grounds. Coffee grounds contain, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium—all minerals that aid in plant development and growth.

Fertalizer -Add Coffee Grounds to the potting soil of your house or garden plants that flourish in acidic soil they will become healthier.
Compost Material – When coffee grounds are mixed with soil it release nutrients that make the ground richer and more acidic. So plants that flourish in acidic soil will be healthier. If you have enough coffee grounds, just spread them evenly in your garden.
Earthworms – coffee grounds also seem attract the earthworms.
Insect repellant – Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant hills themselves. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.
4. Household uses for coffee grounds.

Dye – By steeping used coffee grounds in hot water, you can make brown dye for fabric, wood, baskets, paper, art works and even Easter eggs.
Furniture scratches – Steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip to cover it up and make it less noticeable. 
Pot & Pan Scourer – Since coffee grounds are slightly abrasive they can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy stain-resistant pots & pans.
For Fireplace Dust – Next time you clean your fireplace toss a handful of wet coffee grounds in your fireplace. The wet grounds will hold the dust in place, lessening the dust clouds.

Dogs- After shampooing your dog mix coffee ground with some water and give them a coffee ground rub down, working them down to the skin. This results in a nice grooming solution for pets. After a few rubs, the solution softens your pet’s fur, giving it a nice shine. Some people even claim that the solution keeps fleas and other parasites off your pet.
Cat repellent – To keep cats from using your garden as their personal litter box try sprinkling coffee grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants. 
Cat Litter Deodorizer –Sprinkle a tiny bit of fresh coffee grinds in the cat litter box for a natural deodorizer or you can place some in a container next to it.


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Use coffee grounds on your hands?

If you drink coffee, then you have your own homemade hand softener. Coffee grounds are full of antioxidants that protect your body from the free radicals that damage cells. The antioxidants in coffee grounds make them a homemade beauty product that is both beneficial and affordable.


Just take your used coffee grounds out of your coffee pot, paper filter and all. Then over a large bowl rub the coffee grounds all over your hands vigorously, you can use the paper filter to rub with. Then rinse off the coffee grounds and you will instantly feel the difference. Dry dead skin is gone and your hands should feel softer. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Lip Balm

From Peggy Tenn.

Apricot Citrus Lip Balm

1 t Beeswax (5 ml)
1 t Apricot kernel oil (5 ml)
1 t Calendula oil (5 ml)
Few drops essential oil of
Lemon or orange

Great for chapped lips!

Melt the beeswax. Add the apricot and calendula oils, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat while stirring and when partly cooled, add the essential
oils. Store in a small glass pot or jar.


Cocoa Butter Lip Balm

2.5 oz cocoa butter
2.6 oz beeswax
1.4 oz sweet almond oil

Melt ingredients together, stir and put into container.


Castor Oil Lip Balm

1.5 oz cocoa butter
1.5 oz beeswax
3 oz castor oil

Melt in microwave. Then add castor oil, stir, and pour into your lipgloss


Homemade Lip Balm

This lip balm recipe is easy to make and pretty versatile. You can try different
flavoring oils to suite your taste.

1/4 vegetable or nut oil (Example: Almond oil)
1/4 ounce beeswax
1 teaspoon honey or glycerin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon natural flavoring oil (Example:
Peppermint or Lemon oil)

Melt beeswax in a double boiler. Remove from heat and whip with an electric
beater until creamy. Combine other ingredients and whip until thoroughly mixed.
Store in an airtight jar.


Here is a remedy for chapped lips:

Exfoliate your lips by using an old toothbrush and a
menthol based lip balm. Apply lip balm first, then
brush gently with the toothbrush.


Inexpensive Lip Balm

1 Tablespoon solid vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon any flavor unsweetened Kool ade
1/4 teaspoon honey (optional)

Can be doubled to tripled if you want to make a lot.
Put in a sauce pan and heat on medium heat until melted Stir well and pour in
small jars (don’t use the grainy part in the bottom of the pan) and let cool til
set, can be put in the refrigerator or freezer til set if you want it faster.
Then carry with you and use whenever you want. I never put honey in it.

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Homemade Toiletries

Have you noticed that the prices of toiletries are getting higher every day? Well here are a few of some of my homemade recipes and tips on how to make your own. If you have any tips I hope you will share them with me.

Gel Soap/ Liquid

· 2 cups soap flakes or grated bar soap

· 1/2 gallon water

· 2 tbsp glycerin

Mix ingredients together in a large pot. Set over low heat, stirring occasionally until the soap has dissolved. Pour into a jar and cover tightly. For a less thick gel soap, use 1 gallon of water.

Liquid Hand Soap 

  •  1 bar of soap, small (Dove works well) 
  •  3 cups water Grate soap with a cheese grater.

Pour the water and grated soap into a microwaveable container and cook on high for 3 min. Remove and stir until all soap bits have melted (put in a bit longer, if needed). Let it cool, and then pour into pump bottles (save leftover store bought liquid soap bottles), pour any remainder soap in any container with a lid. Makes about 24 oz.

Oatmeal Soap on a Rope
1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal
1/2 cup of soap bits
1-2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
1-2 Tablespoons of water
Rope- 6 inch piece of rope or cord with a knot tied at the end of it

What you do: 1.. Take the soap and oatmeal and place in your blender. First blend and then using the pulse option, pulse until the mixture becomes fine. 2.. Put the soap and oatmeal mixture in a large deep bowl. Add both the oil and water. Using your hands form a ball out of the soap/oatmeal mixture. Using your index finger make a 1/8 inch depression. 3.. Place your cord with the knot part in the depression. Bring the 2 sides of the small depression and “bury” the cord into the ball of soap. Let the soap dry for about 24 hours before using.

Fun Soap  for Kids’ Bath
1 cup soap flakes
1/4 cup boiling water
Food coloring
Ice cube tray
Drop the water into the flakes, one teaspoon at a time, stirring constantly. It will be thick and hard to stir. Spoon some of the soap into different bowls and color each with the food coloring until it has the consistency of thick paste. Press spoonfuls into the ice cube trays and microwave on low for 15 minutes to dry the crayons out. Let them dry at room temperature for several days and give it another day after unmolding. Let the kids help make these. The kids will love using them!!

Basic Shower Gel
1/2 cup unscented shampoo
1/4 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
15 drops fragrance oil
food coloring (optional)
Directions:Pour shampoo into a bowl and add the water. Stir until well mixed add the salt and fragrance. Add any fragrance oil that you like!

Herbal Soap Balls
1/4 cup Boiling water
5 Drops related essential oil
1 tablespoon Pulverized herbs (Chamomile, Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sage, thyme or a combination)
2 cups Ivory or castille soap 
Pour boiling water over herbs. Add 5 to 6 drops essential oil. Steep 15 minutes. Reheat til bubbly and pour over soap. Mix well with hands and let stand 15 minutes. Mix again and divide into 3 or 6 parts, rolling each into a ball. Place on plastic wrap and dry for 3 days. 
Peaches and Cream Beauty Soap
This wonderful soap is delicately scented, and is beautiful to look at.
Makes One Bar
1 regular size bar Ivory soap
1/4 cup distilled water
1/4 cup full-fat powdered milk
1/8 teaspoon peach fragrance oil
1 drop orange food coloring
soap molds

Easy Sea Salt Bath
1 tablespoon of your favorite shower gel and 1-tablespoon natural coarse sea salt. Rub over your entire body, but not your face! Then wash it off in a warm bath or shower. Or you can add the mixture to a warm bath.

Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath
1 cup oil
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup liquid soap
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a clean bottle with a tight fitting stopper or lid. To use, shake before using. Pour 1/4 cup into the bath under running water. Yields 16 ounces – enough for 8 baths. 

Herbal Bath Packets (Great gift Idea)
Herbs have natural healing properties. When added to baths, they can soothe and relax and leave you feeling refreshed. This simple recipe will teach you how to prepare these packets for use in steeping your bath. These also make wonderful, thoughtful gifts any time of year! Ingredients:
Muslin (purchase at your local crafts store or fabric shop)
Fresh herbs (Add any of the below  recommended herbs and their effects.)
Fresh or dried flower petals,  (these add a lovely scent to the bath)
Chamomile – Excellent relaxing bedtime bath.
Comfrey – Exhilarating bath for when you want to feel wide- awake.
Black Tea – Great for skin irritations, especially burnt skin.
Mint – Another excellent bedtime bath that will calm and relax you.
Lavender – Soothing, relaxing and smells absolutely wonderful.
This recipe is very simpleand one you’ll use over and over again.
Cut muslin into squares about 6×6 inches. Add a large handful of herbs, or herbs and dried flowers, in the middle of square of fabric. Gather up edges of fabric and twist – tie very securely with a long length of twine, leaving two long pieces of twine. Using the twine, tie the muslin bag of herbs directly under your bath’s faucet. The herbs will actually steep as the warm water of your faucet hits it. If you prefer you can use these packets and add them directly to the bath water right away, allowing it to `steep’ for some time before you slide into the bathtub. In either case, set the water a little warmer than you usually like it, for you should allow about ten-fifteen minutes of steeping time before you enter the tub, to get the full effects of the steeped herbs. For a special effect, turn off the bathroom lights, light some beautiful candles and put on your favorite relaxing music.

 Lavender Milk Bath
1 c. powdered milk
2-3 drops lavender essential oil
 Mix together and add to bath. 

Herbal Bath Salts
2 cups sea salt
2 cups baking soda
1 cup oatmeal (finely ground)
2 tsp. of your favorite dried finely ground herb mix
Place all together in your food processor and mix it up. Use a few tablespoons in warm running bath water and relax and enjoy.

Milk Bath
2 cups non-fat powdered milk
1 cup cornstarch
a few drops -fragrance oil or essential oil
 Mix well, add 1/2 cup to hot bath and Enjoy!

 Milk and Honey bath
The creaminess of the milk, and the sweet scent and skin-softening effects of the honey make this bath heavenly.
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup whole milk or cream
Add to hot running water in the bathtub.

Oatmeal Milk Bath
4 parts epsom salts
2 part Sea salt
1 part non fat powdered milk
1 part oatmeal ground to a very fine powder in a food processor.
Blend it all together, add about 1/3 cup to a tub of nice warm water

 Ocean Bath Salts
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup baking soda
4 drops blue food coloring 
4 drops vanilla
2 tablespoons glycerin
Combine dry ingredients, mix well. Add color and scents one at a time. Keep stirring until mixed well. Break up any clumps. Keep mixing until you have a semi fine powder. Add glycerin & mix well.

 Vanilla Bubble Bath
 8 oz. unscented liquid soap
2 oz. distilled water
 8 drops vanilla fragrance oil
2 drops red food coloring
 Mix all and pour into a container. Pour a few tablespoons into running bath water for a wonderful bath.

 Simple Honey Bath
Add 1/4 cup honey to bath water for a fragrant, silky bath mixture that will really help soften skin.

 Sore Muscles Bath Soak
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup dry milk
1 cup epsom salt
1 cup sea salt
 Mix all ingredients together in a large ziploc bag

Sugar and Spice Bath
1/2 C baking soda
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Mix together all ingredients until well blended.
To use: Add 2 TBSP of the above mix to a warm tub of water. Store in clean dry container.

Vanilla Foam Bath Recipe
This bath is the ideal way to luxuriate in vanilla- scented bubbles! It’s easy to make, and creates mounds of vanilla bubbles that smell good, and thanks to the oil in the mixture, it leaves your skin feeling soft.
1/4 cup Olive oil
1 c. liquid soap or unscented shampoo
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried milk powder, optional
This is a very simple recipe, making it perfect for any crafter! Use a large plastic container to blend the ingredients together thoroughly. (When you’re making big batches of this, it’s easy to use an old, empty, cleaned out ice cream container with a lid.) Mix well. Pour the combined mixture into a lidded glass jar. Shake very well before each use. To use, simply pour under running water to create bubbles.


  •  Milk of Magnesium dabbed on with a cotton ball. 
  •  The main ingredient in most deodorants is alcohol. If you use plain alcohol with a cotton ball each morning, it will last all day!


  •  A paste of baking soda works well.

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