If you’re a coffee drinker – and you brew your own coffee – you have a lot of coffee grounds to deal with.
There are some not-so-green ways to dispose of them – like throwing them in the garbage. (Why leave coffee grounds in a landfill for years??)
And there are greener ways to dispose of them – like composting them.
But if you’re looking for creative alternatives besides the garbage or compost pile, what in the world can you do with the remains of your cup of joe? Here are 8 suggestions:
Coffee grounds often are considered to be acidic, but as long as you sprinkle the grounds – and not heavily clump them – over your soil, they’ll enrich your gardens. (Once the grounds decompose, the acidity neutralizes.) Personally, since some of my flower gardens aren’t jam-packed with flowers, I sprinkle our grounds on the soil – and not close to my perennials.
Some plants thrive with the acidity coffee grounds contain – like azaleas, hydrangeas, roses and rhododendrons. Carrots and tomatoes will greatly benefit, too. Simply add spent grounds to the soil around these plants.
3. Cat repellent.
Not everyone likes the smell of coffee. By sprinkling grounds around plants or simply around the perimeter of your garden, you can keep neighborhood felines away.
4. Pest repellent.
Coffee grounds also repel snails, slugs and ants, so sprinkle grounds in problem areas.
5. Deodorize your fridge.
If you’d like to deodorize your refrigerator without opening a box of baking soda, fill a repurposed glass jar with coffee grounds and add it to a shelf in your fridge.
6. Deodorize your skin.
If you’ve finished your meal prep and your hands smell like garlic or onions, simply rub some cool coffee grounds onto your skin, then rinse off.
7. Soften and exfoliate your skin.
If you like to make your own body scrubs, experiment by adding some coffee grounds in your mixture. Mother Nature Network suggests a scrub of brown sugar, coconut oil and coffee grounds.
8. Scrub your pans.
Just like coffee grounds can exfoliate your skin, it also can take grease off your pots and pans. Add a small amount of grounds to your cookware and scour the gunk away!
How do you creatively reuse coffee grounds?
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