12 ways on what to do with old coffee grounds?
Coffee is the most common consumed beverage all over the world. Most people consumed several cups a day and end up using more coffee grounds. After it is being brewed people usually discard the grounds and left it behind. And these ground coffees find itself in the trash. This makes ask you to yourself of what to do with old coffee grounds?
But did you know that you can still use these old ground coffees into something beneficial from use in the garden, around the house, and many more things that can be done with good purpose.
Here are some ways on what to do with old coffee grounds:
As an odor eliminator. Yes, it can eliminate odor. You can spread these old ground coffees on a baking sheet and let it dry. You can put them in a bowl too and place around the house to neutralize odors. Or even at the sink and use them to clean your hands after chopping onions or garlic as it is effective in removing the smell in your hands. You can also fill it in an old socks or pantyhose and tie it to make portable air fresheners and place it in your shoes, gym bag, and drawer or anywhere else that needs some deodorizing.
Bring on the worms. Did you know that worms are attracted to coffee grounds? And worms play an important role in our garden to fertilize soil. Through these old coffee grounds, it can attract more worms to be at your garden. Because coffee ground has several key minerals for plant growth such as nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium and chromium. It also helps absorb heavy metals that cause soil contamination. You can sprinkle these old coffee grounds onto the soil surrounding your plants.
Keep cats out. If you are not a cat lover and tired seeing your cat traipsing it through your flower, well, all you have to do is just sprinkle some old coffee grounds and orange peel on certain place where you don’t want them to walk.
Freshen your flower vases. You can mix your old coffee grounds with soil. It doesn’t only look cool but helps lengthen your flower’s life.
Build better pin cushion. You can fill your pin cushion with coffee grounds as it helps prevent your pins from rusting and it smells good every time you use it.
Clean your fireplace. You can damp your old coffee grounds if you want to sweep up the ashes from your fireplace.
Get scratches out of furniture. You can use oil and coffee grounds to mask scratches in any shades of the wood. Simply mix one tablespoon of coffee grounds and a teaspoon of olive oil and apply it and wipe it dry.
Compost it for later. You can compost your old coffee grounds if you don’t need for fertilizer yet. As composting is a natural process that turns organic items and adding this to your garden, it can improve your plant’s health. According to studies, coffee grounds and kitchen waste is richer in nutrients compared to compost made with waste alone. Coffee grounds help increase nutrient levels and decrease the greenhouse gas emissions of your compost.
Repel insects and pest. There are certain compounds found in coffee that are highly toxic to insects like caffeine and diterpenes. With this, you can utilize your old coffee grounds to repel bugs. It is seen as effective in deterring mosquitos, fruit flies and beetles. You can use old coffee grounds as repellent, you can simply set out bowls of grounds around outdoor setting areas. This can also remove fleas from your pet where you can simply rub the grounds throughout your pet’s fur and have it rinsed and dry. Others say that it can add smoothness to your pet’s coat. But remember, these coffee grounds should only be used externally as it is toxic for your dogs or pets when consumed.
Exfoliate your skin. Did you know that the coarse particles present in the coffee grounds help remove dirt and dead skin cells. All you have to do is to mix your old coffee grounds with water or coconut oil or honey and scrub them in your hands and put it directly onto your face and body. The caffeine in the coffee grounds has antioxidant properties that helps protect the skin from sun damage.
Reduce cellulite appearance. Cellulite is when your skin appears to be dimpled and lumpy. This happens when your fat deposits push the connective tissue under your skin which commonly be seen in your buttocks or thighs.
Cooking. Your old coffee grounds could also be a great addition to your marinade giving your meat a nice flavor and makes it tender. It can served as a spice as it adds a smoky flavor. Salt, enzymes and acids are the natural mat tenderizers which coffee contains.
Most people discard the grounds left after brewing coffee. But little did they know that there are tons of different uses on what to do with old coffee grounds. Not just in a useful way but by reducing amount of trash produced.