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 ingenuity, you'll find plenty of uses for your used 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 people simply toss in the trash. They, however, can be used in many ways. The most common use for used coffee grounds is in planting. The coffee acts as 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 home to keep ants, snails and snugs away. This is especially 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 could 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 a fireplace to make cleaning it easier by minimizing the amount of dust being kicked up. Did you know that you can also reuse coffee grounds to make natural healthcare products? They can be used as a natural hair conditioner, as a face mask to solve skin problems or to make a rinse to revive dark colored hair. Another use for them is to turn them into an exfoliating body scrub. Add a drop of vanilla for a warm, inviting scent. Rubbing the grounds on your hands can also remove unwanted scents, like onion, which are otherwise difficult to get rid of. Reusing 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 ideal 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.
April 8, 2015