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2X4: 4 Wonderful Ways To Use Coffee

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Jessica
05.29.12

Whether you prefer French press or cold drip coffee is a morning mainstay, especially at the start of the week! Did you know it’s good for more than just a jolt? Use coffee to clean, garden and more!

1) Make Mocha Iced Coffee. If you like coffee and you like chocolate, then you’ll devour this mocha coconut iced coffee from How Sweet It Is. It only calls for 5 ounces of brewed coffee, so you can still make it if you use a single-cup coffee maker. Plus, it tastes exactly like a Starbucks Frappuccino for a fraction of the cost. Bon Appetit!

2) Clean Windows. Use coffee filters to clean windows for a streak-free and lint-free shine. This inexpensive option won’t leave residue on your hands like another alternative window wipe (cough… newspaper… cough). And, starting at $1 per pack, coffee filters are less expensive than other options and work on mirrors, too! Read Coffee Filters: Good For Window Washing & Wall Art for more tips on cleaning windows with coffee filters.

3) Coffee Filter Art. If you have a few extra coffee filters, get crafty! Make a coffee filter lamp like this one from Parlour or design your own coffee filter wall art. All you need add this affordable wall art to any room in your house is a box of large thumbtacks and coffee filters. Choose your shape, and then pin. It’s that simple!

4) Grow Roses. Coffee lowers the soil pH around acid-loving plants such as azaleas and roses. Simply pour any leftover coffee or used coffee grounds around the base of the plant. You don’t need much – Limit your coffee grounds to a 1/2-inch layer around your plants for optimal effectiveness. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, visit your local coffee shop. Many shops save their used grounds for gardeners. To learn more about using coffee to grow roses, read: Green Talk.

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