Many people start their day with a cup of coffee, because it`s great for waking you up in the morning. But coffee can be useful for many other things. The list in this article will show you many ways how you can reuse the grounds from your morning coffee. After reading this, you will never throw away the used coffee ground again!
Used coffee ground for the garden:
Coffee grounds can be an excellent fertilizer if you`re growing camellia, roses, rhododendrons, azaleas or hydrangeas. All you need to do is mix the used grounds with dead grass clippings and dry straw to neutralize the acidity, and spread the mixture around the plants. This will add potassium, magnesium and nitrogen to the soil, all needed for healthy plants. This fertilizer lacks calcium and phosphorus, which means that it`s not the best choice for fruits and blooming plants. For a complete fertilizer, add lime or wood ash to the mix.
Caffeine fore carrots:
Carrots love caffeine! Before sowing the carrot seeds, mix them with used, dry coffee grounds to boost their energy. The result will be a bigger and better product.
In order to protect your plants from pests like ants, slugs or snail, sprinkle some used coffee grounds around them. When mixed with dried orange peels, the old grounds will keep away even small animals like cats. If orange peels don`t work, use rosemary oil instead.
Compost it for later:
If you don`t need a fertilizer right away, throw it on the compost hear. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, making them a perfect green matter, and they can also attract the beneficial worms. Just be careful and limit the amount of used grounds you add to the pile.
Used coffee grounds around the house:
The amazing smell of coffee can be used for all-natural homemade candle. You will need a small paper coffee cup, paper towel, one cup of wax candle ends, scissors, small sauce pan, a wick, small glass bowl for mixing and the used coffee grounds.
Cleaning the fireplace:
Coffee grounds won`t do all the work, but they`ll make the cleaning easier. Scatter some used coffee grounds over the ashes in the fireplace. This will weight them down, preventing huge mess and clouds of smoke to rise up. Shoveling the ashes will be much easier and you won`t have to clean all the horizontal surfaces in your home from accumulated ashes and dust.
Use an old cloth and used coffee grounds to scrub the food stuck on the dishes and kitchen counters. The grounds act as abrasive and they won`t damage the surfaces because they are not harsh. Be careful not to scrub the grounds into the cracks because they can leave stains behind.
If you want to get the “Beautiful golden” color, re-wet used coffee grounds and use them to dye anything from cloths, to feathers and even Easter eggs. You can also use old coffee grounds, soaked in water, to make faux parchment and use it for all sorts of crafts and arts.
Absorb odors from food:
Like baking soda, old coffee grounds can absorb food odors from the fridge or the freezer. Put the grounds in a small container and place it in the back of the fridge and leave it for a few weeks. In the meantime, collect more grounds, and replace the ones in the fridge. The ones you take away from the fridge can be re-used again, as a fertilizer or toss them on the compost.
Old coffee grounds for health and beauty:
Use the old coffee grounds to make the perfect natural body scrub for exfoliation. Mix the grounds with coconut or some other natural oil, and scrub your skin with the mixture, the whole body- from feet to head. This will remove all the dead skin cells.
The residue from all the hair styling products you are using will weight down your hair. Use old coffee grounds to remove it. This will give your hair a lift and make it shiny and healthy again. Massage a handful of used grounds into the hair, then continue with regular shampooing. The coarse grounds will gently break apart the residue, without damaging the hair.
Cellulite is caused by unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, smoking or genetics. Either way, used coffee grounds can be a solution for this problem.
Mix a cup of old grounds with some warm water, and use the mixture for scrubbing the affected areas for 10 minutes. Repeat the treatment twice a week and in 4 weeks you`ll notice positive results.
You can use the old grounds not only as body scrub, but also for facial exfoliation. Mix 2 tablespoon of the grounds with the same amount of organic cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream and a spoonful of honey. This facial is rich in antioxidants, which will rejuvenate your face.
Caffeine can be absorbed through the skin. Make your own homemade soap, adding used coffee grounds, as an all-natural alternative which will act as a caffeine kick in the morning, before going to work.