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How to Repurpose Used Coffee Grounds into a Nourishing Scrub

If you're like most people, you probably start your morning with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. But did you know those used grounds have more uses beyond helping you ease into the day? With a few simple ingredients, you can turn them into a gentle, exfoliating coffee scrub for soft, smooth skin.

How to Store Used Coffee Grounds

After brewing your coffee, let the used grounds fully cool and dry out completely. The easiest way is to spread them out on a baking sheet or plate and leave them in the sun for a few hours. Once dry, transfer the grounds to an airtight container or zip-lock bag for storage.

Another great way to repurpose grounds? As a nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden! The nitrogen in coffee grounds helps feed plants and enriches soil. Learn more here.

How to make Coffee Scrub at Home

Now for the fun part - making your scrub! You'll need:

  •  1 cup used coffee grounds
  •  1/2 cup white or brown sugar
  •  1/2 cup coconut oil or olive oil
  •  1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  •  1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Simply mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. And there you have it... used coffee grounds turned into nourishment for your skin and saved an unnecessary trip to the trash bin.

The coffee grounds provide gentle exfoliation by sloughing off dead skin cells, while the coconut/olive oil and sugar work together to hydrate and soften skin. The lemon juice brightens your skin with its natural acidic properties, and the vanilla extract adds a lovely, natural fragrance to the scrub.

To use, massage the scrub onto clean, damp skin using gentle circular motions. Pay extra attention to dry areas like elbows, knees, and feet. Rinse thoroughly and follow up with your favorite moisturizer.

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