If you read this 20 ways to reuse used coffee grounds, I’m sure you’ll stop throwing it away.
Many of us depend on coffee to fuel our early morning meetings, mid-afternoon slumps, or all-night study season. But, the bad news is an estimated 6 million tons of spent coffee ground waste is produced annually worldwide.
So, do you throw coffee grounds aways? Not anymore!
Coffee grounds have many uses and benefits for your garden, in the kitchen, for your beauty and more.
20 ways to reuse used coffee grounds:
coffee ground uses in the kitchen:
- remove hard to clean dirt on kitchen counters:
Mix your grounds with soapy water and scrub on the surface of the stain with a dishcloth.
- remove unpleasant odors from the refrigerator: Coffee grounds can help absorb and eliminate odors in your fridge. You can place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralize odors from spoiled or fragrant foods.
- Blind bake a pie shell: You can even use them as the weight when you blind bake a pie crust. Just be sure to use large enough piece of parchment paper or foil so they don’t come into actual contact with the pie crust.
- Scour pots and pans: The gentle abrasiveness can help in the kitchen to remove stubborn caked-on food from your pots and pans.
- To freshen the hands: Keep some grounds in a small can under the sink, then the next time you chop an onion or fresh garlic, scoop out a small amount, rub them over your hands and rise. You will find that odor gone.
Coffee ground uses in the garden:
- It can be used as a natural fertilizer: as it adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil.
- It can be used to keep slugs and snails away from plants: the theory is that the caffeine in tge coffee grounds negatively affects these pests and so they avoid soil where the coffee grounds are found.
- To keep cats away from your garden: cats hate the smell of coffee. That’s why some gardeners sprinkle coffee grounds around the perimeter of their garden. The smell of coffee keeps neighborhood cats from coming in to use the soft garden soil as a litter box.
Cosmetic uses for used coffee grounds:
- Anti-aging benefits:
The caffeine in coffee grounds has potent antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from sun damage.
Applying coffee directly to your skin may help decrease the appearance of sun spots, redness, and fine lines.
- Exfoliate your skin: The coarse particles in coffee grounds work as an exfoliating agent to help remove dirt and dead cells from the skin. Simply mix coffee grounds with a little bit of water or coconut oil and scrub them with your hands directly onto your face and body.
- Brightening your skin: Mix two tablespoons of organic plain yoghurt with one tablespoon of ground coffee and apply to your freshly washed face. Leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse. You will see your skin more radiant and glowing.
- Exfoliate your lips: You can mix coffee grounds with a small amount of honey and use it as an exfoliating lip scrub.
- Eliminate puffy eyes: Coffee grounds can eliminate puffy eyes by applying it to the under eye area and eyelids for few minutes and then rinse it with cold water.
- Minimize Cellulite: A coffee scrub can be immensely helpful in minimizing the appearance of cellulite, as the exfoliating and massage work together to help stimulate blood flow and tighten the skin.
- Tenting your hair: You can dye your hair naturally at home without any harmful chemicals easily using coffee grounds. You can learn how to do that here.
- Soothe your feet: Coffee grounds can help scrape away dead skin cells from the soles of the feet, and the stimulating affects of caffeine may help to increase blood flow and circulation in the area. Just brew a few large cups of coffee, add both the coffee and the used grounds to a small bucket or tub. Allow the coffee to cool so it doesn’t burn the skin. Then soak the feet in the coffee, and use the grounds to scrub away dead skin cells.
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You can make homemade coffee candles using used coffee grounds :
If you enjoy candlemaking, you’ll love using coffee grounds as an ingredient. You’ll never want to use aromatic oils again because real used coffee grounds smell so much more authentic and look great when layered in candles.
As the candles burn down, the grounds become exposed and the heat releases the rich coffee aromas.
This easy guide will help you make your own candles using coffee grounds.
Coffee ground can be used as an insect deterrent:
- Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container’s neck with extra-sticky double-sided tape. The scent will draw cockroaches into the trap.
- Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant hills themselves. Used grounds also rapel snails and slugs.
Used coffee grounds can be used for fixing scratched furniture:
- Used coffee grounds actually have oils that can help mask furniture scratches, especially in dark-colored woods.
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