Reusing Coffee Grounds

There are tons of different ways to reuse coffee grounds, from cleaning and keeping away bugs to making low-cost, homemade beauty supplies. With a little creativity, you'll find plenty of uses for your wet coffee grounds and spread the warm scent as well. When you consider that most people drink an average of two cups of coffee per day, that makes a whopping 730 cups per year. A side effect is all of the used coffee grounds, which most coffee drinkers simply toss in the trash. Those used grounds, however, can be used in many ways. The most common use for used coffee grounds is in planting. The coffee behaves like an organic fertilizer, assisting the plants and vegetation to thrive. The aroma of coffee grounds is useful for keeping cats and bugs at bay. Cats do not like the smell of coffee grounds, so you can keep them out of your flower beds by sprinkling some in the dirt. Likewise, you can sprinkle the grounds around the perimeter of your house to keep ants, snails and snugs away. This is particularly useful if you can find the spot where the insects are getting into your house. Another way to reuse coffee grounds is to touch up furniture with them. They can be used in place of potentially harmful chemicals to stain wood or to fill in scratches on wood tables. Not to mention using the wet grounds to weigh down the ashes in the fireplace to make cleaning it easier by minimizing the dust clouds. Did you realize that you can also reuse coffee grounds to create natural healthcare products? They can be used as a natural hair conditioner, as a face mask to reduce puffiness around the eyes or to make a rinse to revive dark colored hair. Another use for them is to turn them into an exfoliating body wash. Add a drop of vanilla for a warm, inviting scent. Rubbing the grounds on your hands can also remove lingering smells, like onion, which are otherwise difficult to get rid of. Finding a way to re-purpose the coffee grounds can save money and is good for the environment. Oddly enough, reusing coffee grounds for their original intent, making coffee, is not the best use of them. Coffee tastes best when made fresh each time. Reused coffee grounds make a bitter, watery cup of coffee. Start with new, dry grounds to make a fresh pot every time.

February 22, 2016