What to do with coffee grounds.

What to do with coffee grounds.

I drink a lot of coffee, a lot. 

This results in plenty of left over coffee grounds which end up in the bin each day. It turns out there are many, many uses for left over coffee grounds around the house and garden. Stop throwing them away – you’re missing out!

1. Sprinkle in the garden as a pest repellant

Slugs and snails don’t like to crawl over coffee grounds, so rather than using shop bought repellant sprinkle some coffee grounds around plants, furniture and anywhere else in your garden where you’d like to get rid of them! Be aware though, coffee grounds can be known to inhibit the growth of some plants, so check first.

2. A coffee scrub

Coffee grounds can apparently make a really good body scrub. According to tasteofhome.com they can “..work to gently remove dead skin cells, which helps to rejuvenate and boost circulation.” What’s not to like about that. This recipe makes use of grounds along with sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract – give it a try, I loved it.

3. Remove fleas from pets

Now this one I found interesting. As a cat owner I am all to well aware of how annoying fleas can be, not just for the cat but the household as well. According to this article from Wikihow rubbing coffee grounds into their fur after giving them a bath and then rinsing will kill fleas and as an added bonus help their fur to shine. 

I’ll be honest, the chance of me bathing my cat and coming away unscathed is zero, but still, an interesting idea for you dog lovers (or brave cat owners) out there.

4. Compost those grounds

According to “Gardening Know How”, composting your coffee grounds is an excellent idea. It’s simple and easy to do and you can even include any coffee filter used. It’ll add nitrogen to your compost which apparently the worms will love!

5. Deodorising 

Coffee grounds love to soak up all the odours around them so are perfect for deodorising. Got a stinky fridge? Stick a small container of leftover coffee grounds in there for a day or so and you should notice your issue clears up. (Thats assuming you’ve removed the reason for the odour in the first place…)

6. Deicing

Do you come from a colder climate? Did you know that coffee grounds can be used as a deicer on those slippery paths and pavements instead of salt. Nope, I didn’t either. Will probably need to drink plenty of coffee though to get the quantities needed!

7. Scour pots and pans

Due to the abrasive texture of coffee ground they make a perfect substance to scour your pots and pans. Just make sure you thoroughly rinse them afterwards.

8. Grow mushrooms

Did you know that coffee grounds make a perfect base for growing mushrooms? Ikea have produced a step by step guide here. Might have to give it a try.

9. Deodorise hands

Keep a jar of coffee grounds next to your sink and next time you are involved in smelly kitchen work – think garlic, onion etc – then rub some into your hands. Not only will they remove the smells, you have the added bonus of exfoliation!

10. Remove hair product build up.

Yes, as well as the kitchen and garden, keep a jar in your bathroom. Before shampooing your hair add a handful, massage through then rinse. Result, clean sparkly hair. 

So there you have it. This is just a list of ten ways to use those leftover coffee grounds. Beats just throwing them away. Do you know of any other uses, please let me know in the comments below. Now I’m off to get some new containers and drink some cofSo there you have it. This is just a list of ten ways to use those leftover coffee grounds. It beats just throwing them away! Do you know of any other uses? Let me know in the comments below. 

Now I’m off to get some new containers and drink some coffee.

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