Coffee can do so much more than just lifting you out of your Monday morning slump.

To coincide with UK Coffee Week, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee has found all the best ways to use both fresh and used coffee grounds to revitalise your skin and clean your home.

Here are 13 ways coffee can tackle your beauty bugbears and bring a shine to your home.

1. Exfoliate

Coffee can make a brilliant natural exfoliator.

For soft, smooth skin, rub a little ground coffee in circular motions to your skin and then rinse.

2. Brighten your skin

Coffee can perk up your face as well as your morning by stimulating circulation and giving you that extra glow.

Wash your face as usual and mix one tablespoon of ground coffee with two tablespoons of organic, plain yoghurt.

Apply to your face, leave for around 15 minutes and then rinse.

3. Reduce under eye bags

Chill used coffee grounds in the fridge.

Once they’re cool, rub under the eye area.

Leave to settle on your face for about 15 minutes before rinsing.

4. Battle cellulite

Most cellulite treatment creams have one key common ingredient – caffeine.

Make your own at home by mixing some warm, used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rubbing it onto your skin in circular motions before rinsing.

5. Get shiny hair

Apply a little extra-strong coffee to dry, clean hair to make it shinier.

Rub the cold coffee into your hair and leave it on for around 20 minutes before rinsing.

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6. Enhance coloured brown hair

Mix one or two teaspoons of ground coffee with a handful of conditioner.

Rub the mixture into coloured brown hair and leave for about five minutes to enhance the colour.

7. Natural air freshener

If you love the smell of fresh coffee, coffee beans make a great natural odour-neutraliser and air freshener for your home or car.

Fill a small open container with freshly ground coffee beans and it will absorb any strong aromas such as fast food or pet odours.


8. Clean your surfaces

Coffee grounds are great for scrubbing tough surfaces as they are mildly abrasive and slightly acidic.

You can use them on their own or mix them in with a little washing-up liquid.

9. Unblock your drain

Pour used coffee grounds down the sink followed by a few drops of washing up liquid and a pot of boiling water to clear a blocked drain.

10. Fix tired furniture

If you have any dark wood furniture that has a small nick or scratch in it, try using coffee.

Mix 2-3 tablespoons with a little water to make a thick paste.

Using a plastic knife spread the paste over the scratch using a plastic knife.

Remove any excess with a slightly damp cloth.

Leave it to dry before buffing.

11. Bake brownies

Using cold, fresh coffee to replace milk in your brownie recipe will give your batch a flavourful kick.

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12. Lengthen the life of cut flowers

Filling a small jar with a coffee-soil mix can help keep cut flowers living longer.

13. Feed your houseplants

Fresh or used coffee grounds are high in nitrogen so a small amount makes a great feed for houseplants.

What are your uses for coffee? Tell us in the Comments box below.