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5 Things To Do With Coffee

Cure headaches, clean your car, and make composting a breeze with these unexpected uses for coffee.

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1. Halt Headaches

A clinical trial in Illinois found that caffeine, which reduces the swelling of blood vessels, can reduce both the intensity and frequency of headaches. Subjects in one group were given caffeine alone, and 58 percent reported complete relief. Subjects in the other group were given caffeine in combination with ibuprofen, and 70 saw symptoms disappear.

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2. Fix Furniture

Is that small crack, nick, or gouge all you can see each time you look at your dark wood dresser? Reach for the instant coffee. Mix 2-3 tablespoons with just enough water to make a thick paste; for wood with red tones, add a few drops of iodine. Put the paste on a small putty knife or a disposable plastic knife and use it to fill the crack. Remove any excess around the edges with a barely damp cloth. Let the paste dry.

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3. Clean Your Car

To keep your car smelling fresh and clean, open a small container filled with freshly ground coffee beans and place it where it won’t get knocked over. The grounds will absorb any strong odours you bring into the car-the smell of fast food, for example.

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4. Speed Up Composting

Pour on coffee (or tea, or non-diet cola) to increase the bacterium population and help both soil and compost break down faster.

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5. Grill Your Food

Here’s a handy tip from Mother Jones. Turn a coffee can into a grill by cutting some holes into the metal bottom and a “moderate size” triangle into the top. Flip the can upside down and throw some kindling-dry pine needles, for example-into that triangular space and light. Once the metal bottom is heated up, add meat and veggies.

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