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Freshly ground, part five

As promised, here’s how to use coffee grounds to help care for your pet, as well as several other uses I’ve not mentioned elsewhere.

1. Before or after washing your pet [1], rub her down with coffee grounds. Work the grounds right through the fur to the skin. Leave for a few minutes if you can, then rinse or wash. The coffee will repel fleas and exfoliate the skin, and also leave your pet’s fur soft and silky.

2. You can revive faded brown fabrics using coffee grounds. Steep your grounds in water (about a quarter of a cup of grounds to a litre of water). Pour the dark liquid, with the grounds, into the drum of your washing machine and add your clothing or fabric before running on a gentle cycle. You can repeat this process as many times as you like to rejuvenate brown or black clothing. Make sure your washer is well rinsed before using it on other colours or whites and don’t wash your re-dyed fabrics with other colours.

3. To make a stronger dye for individual fabric items, or for paper, steep the grounds in hot water for ten minutes or more. Pour into a wide shallow dish and use as a dye-bath for sheets of paper or fabric.

4. Sprinkle wet grounds over the ashes in your fire place before cleaning. This will help keep the ash dust under control.

5. Coffee grounds are great for the garden. You can:

Can you believe that we ever threw these things away?

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