Picture this â?? you get up in the morning, make yourself a nice, hot cup of coffee, and get your caffeine fix.

Now, what do you do with the coffee grounds left in the filter? You toss them out â?? after all, they have served their purpose, right?

Wrong. Apart from using them to energise your mornings, you can use coffee grounds for a number of other purposes as well. Take a look at these unexpected uses for your used coffee grounds:

Use them as a facial scrub

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Coffee grounds have amazing exfoliating properties. You can use them as a gentle facial scrub.

Make yourself a coffee ground hair wash

You can apply them to your wet scalp, leave for a few minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. It will make your hair softer and shinier.

Especially if you have brown hair, you will enjoy a nice coffee ground hair wash as it will not only make your hair soft, but also give your hair a nice, dark brown shade.

Use coffee grounds to clean your pots

If you are in need of a natural abrasive cleaner to clean greasy cookware, you can use used coffee grounds. They not only clean well, but are also gentle on your hands.

Use them as a natural fertiliser
When you repot plants, you can add a small amount of grounds to the potting soil.

Coffee grounds are a rich source of nitrogen, an essential element for plants. Mixing used grounds with the potting soil or placing a used filter in the pot is a very good way to promote leaf growth.

Coffee grounds are also a natural cat repellant

If your neighbourâ??s cat develops a distaste for its litter box and starts using your garden or backyard as its bathroom, it can really get on your nerves.

A simple way to avoid this is to toss some used coffee grounds in your garden, backyard, in and around your rubbish bin and other such areas.

Cats do not like the smell of grounds and they prefer to stay away from it.

Keep your kitchen smelling fresh

Coffee grounds can be used as a deodorising agent. You can put some in a bowl and keep it in your fridge to deodorise it. Similarly, if your shoes stink, you can put some in there as well.

If you want to deodorise your kitchen, you can add some grounds to water and boil it. The smell that emanates will leave your kitchen smelling good.

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They make a good slug and ant repellent too

Apparently, cats are not the only animals that hate coffee grounds. Slugs and ants cannot stand the smell of caffeine as well.

So if you want to keep them away from your plants, you can sprinkle some used grounds around the pot or around the base of the plant.

Coffee grounds can also be used to tenderise steak!

Wondering how you can soften your steak without cooking it for a long time? Well, coffee grounds to the rescue again. Soak the steak in grounds for some time to soften it before cooking.
So next time you make yourself a hot cup of filter coffee, make sure you keep those used grounds!

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