There are a lot of of different ways to reuse coffee grounds, from using as a cleaner and keeping bugs away to making low-cost, homemade beauty supplies. With a little creativity, you'll find plenty of uses for your used coffee grounds and spread the wonderful scent as well. When you consider that many people drink an average of two cups of coffee per day, it equates to over 700 cups per year. As a result there are a lot of used coffee grounds, which some people simply toss in the trash. Those used grounds, however, could be used in many ways. The most common use for used coffee grounds is for gardening. The coffee acts as an organic fertilizer, helping the plants and vegetation to blossom. 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 base of your house to keep ants, snails and snugs away. This is particularly useful if you can locate the area where the insects are gaining access to your house. Another way to reuse coffee grounds is to fill in gaps of scratched wood on furniture. They can be used instead of of potentially harmful paints to stain wood or to fill in scratches on wood tables. Not to mention the idea of using wet grounds to weigh down the ashes in a fireplace to make cleaning it easier by minimizing the dust clouds. Did you know that you can also reuse coffee grounds to make natural healthcare products? They can be used as organic 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 them 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