Uses For Leftover Coffee

Do you find yourself with lots of leftover coffee? (* If so, you’re brewing too much!!) Here, from the London Daily Mail, is a list of things you can do to repurpose your old coffee:

1. Wood stain. Staining with coffee will give the wood a beautiful, caramel tone. Simply wait for your brewed coffee to cool, sand down your surface and use a rag to evenly coat the wood. The darker you want the stain, the more coffee you use.

2. Natural Pest Repellent. The smell of coffee will repel mosquitoes, ants, slugs, cockroaches and more. Set bowls of coffee grounds out, and this should keep the pests away. Use freshly ground coffee for this, as the aromas will linger longer. You can also put coffee grounds in your pet shampoo to help naturally prevent fleas.

3. Leave-In Conditioner. After shampooing your hair, pour cold coffee over your head and scalp. Do this over a bucket, because it will stain your tub. Put your hair in a shower cap and leave the coffee in for half an hour before rinsing off with warm water. Do this once a week, and you will notice an improvement in the thickness and texture of your hair.

4. Marinade. Brewed coffee can add a pleasant and delicate taste to steak, pork or fish. Sauté one medium onion and four minced garlic gloves and add it to a bowl. To this, add strong coffee, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, pepper and salt to taste. Cover your fish or meat in the marinade and leave it in the fridge for at least an hour before cooking.