Monthly Archives: August 2012

8 Uses for Coffee Grounds

We love our coffee in the morning and go through a lot of it!  We use the grounds in our Mechanic’s/Gardner’s soap as an exfoliant and deodorizer.   Purchase our Mechanic’s/Gardener’s soap here.

This soap is extra scrubby – with pumice & coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are a great deodorizer, soooo nice by the kitchen sink.

Because we’re big on recycling I thought I’d shout out 8 ways to use coffee grounds!

  1. As I  mentioned, coffee is a great deororizer.   Dry out the grounds on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of  food prep smells.
  2. Plant Food: throw them in your compost bin.   Plants that prefer acidic soils will thrive with coffee grounds in the soil.
  3. Dye:  Steep coffee grounds in hot water to make dye for Easter eggs,  fabric or a pigment for paper.  This pigment will also work well on furniture scratches.
  4. Insect  Repellant: sprinkle coffee grounds on ant piles and the little guys will  move out.  Snails & slugs are also not fans and will pack their bags.
  5. Kitty-Keep-Out:  Sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels  in your flowerbed and Miss Kitty will not powder her nose there.
  6. Reduces Cellulite: High priced creams almost always contain caffeine. Caffiene enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix  warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.
  7. Reduce Fireplace mess:  Use coffee grounds to settle the dust storm.  When embers are cool, sprinkle with damp coffee grounds, let sit for about 15  minutes then scoop out the whole mess.   The coffee grounds cling to the ashes making cleanup much less messy.
  8. Make a cockroach trap.  Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container’s  neck with extra-sticky doubled-sided tape. The scent will draw the roaches  into the trap.

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Madagascar Rustic Soap

Madagascar Rustic Soap

Vanilla and Ylang-Ylang! One of our best-sellers! At $5, stock up! 8/2/12 only

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August 27, 2012 · 2:11 pm

Featured as a Local Producer

Lime Kitchen and Bath scrub & refillable shakers featured at Pomegranate Market.

The plain green is an event hosted by the city of Sioux Falls, that is aimed at getting each one of us to think about the future of our planet.

In the weeks leading up to the conference, KSFY television is highlighting projects and businesses around the community demonstrating a commitment to sustainability.

Irish Twins Soap Co. was featured in a story on KSFY that aired yesterday. Pomegranate Market, in Sioux Falls, SD carries our products and featured us in a segment about keeping it local!   Check it out here!

Irish Twins Soap Co. products can be found at other local retailers including:

  • HyVee Health Markets in Sioux Falls
  • HyVee Health Market, Brookings,
  • HyVee Health Market, Yankton
  • HyVee Health Market, Sioux City {Southern Hills Mall}
  • Aviena, 8th & Railroad, Sioux Falls
  • NV Studios, 11th Street, Downtown Sioux Falls
  • South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings
  • Blooms & Lattes, Beresford
  • Fiesta Foods, Beresford
  • SD Local Foods Co-op
  • Blue Stem Studios, Belle Fourche
  • Laura Marie Photography & Studio, Inwood, IA

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See You at the Great Dakota Winefest!

Stompin O’The Grapes

This is our third year at the Great Dakota Winefest at Valiant Vineyards Winery in Vermillion, SD.  If you haven’t been before, it’s a fun community celebration in the great outdoors featuring several wineries throughout the state, song, drink and a variety of food and craft vendors.

Here are a few of the events….

  • Winetasting
  • Amateur  winemaking contest
  • Grape Stomping:  those who participate in the Grape Stomp will receive a bottle of wine with their picture on it.
  • Food Vendors:  including Dakota Harvest Lamb & Prairie Sun Organics as well as Valiant Vineyards taco stand
  • Craft Vendors: including Irish Twins Soap Co.
  • Wine slushies & Sangria bar
  • Entertainment: Jami Lynn, Narrative Feed and Shawn Coles will perform.

For more information contact Valiant Vineyards at 605-624-4500 or visit the website:

Schedule of events

Home wine making competition

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