Clever Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Clever Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds

Can you imagine how the world would be without your favorite Italian coffee? Yeah, me neither. We love coffee for its heady aroma, flavour varieties, and for its pick-me-up buzz that keeps us on our feet through the day, but there are several more reasons to keep our shelves stocked up with this amazing bean. 

Coffee grounds are still usable for other purposes even after brewing and delivering our daily caffeine fix. From practical uses around the house, keeping your plants healthy and happy, to sprucing up your hair and beauty routine, spent coffee grounds or even grounds that gone stale offer a lot more than the gunk you throw away after a cup of your morning essential.

Neutralise Odors

Ground coffee help absorb and eliminate bad odours because it contains nitrogen, an element which helps eliminate foul-smelling sulphur in the air when combined with carbon. 

A bowl of coffee grounds placed on the bottom of your fridge could help neutralise the lingering stench of the three-week-old spoiled leftovers you forgot to throw out, or the interesting aroma of the cheese that you loved to eat, but turned everything else inside the refrigerator smell horrible. 

You can even keep coffee grounds by the sink to scrub your hands with after you have chopped some garlic or prepared fish. The grounds will help remove the stink from your hands. 

Moreover, you can also put some dried grounds in an old pantyhose and tie it up for a DIY car air freshener that makes your car smell like your favourite coffee shop. Alternatively, you can dry used coffee pods and keep them inside gym bags, shoes, sock drawers, or anywhere that may need a little deodorizing.

Natural Cleaning Scrub

Coffee grounds are a natural abrasive and can help scrub off build-up on hard-to-clean surfaces, like burnt and caked-on food on pans and pots. If you’d rather not use chemical cleaning products, spent coffee grounds are worth a try. However, make sure not to use them on porous surfaces like tiles, since they could cause brown stains. 

Exfoliate Your Skin and Reduce Cellulites

The coarse texture of ground coffee is perfect for exfoliating dead cells and dirt from your skin. Simply mix a little coconut oil or body oil with spent grounds and gently scrub your face and body with the mixture. The caffeine that’s present in the grounds also contains antioxidants to help keep skin healthy.

Likewise, coffee grounds can reduce the appearance of unsightly cellulites. Cellulites are fat deposits that push through the connective tissues under your skin. Caffeine, when applied topically, could help break down these fats and encourage better blood flow to the area. Use twice to thrice a week for more noticeable results. 

Natural Dye

Spent coffee grounds are an ideal natural alternative to harsh chemical dyes. By rewetting used grounds, you can make your own non-toxic dye to deepen hair colour or give a rustic and vintage touch to paper, fabric, or wood. 

Promote Hair Growth

Commercial shampoos and conditioners contain silicones (dimethicone and amodimethicone) that can cause build-up overtime and weigh down your mane. This nasty build-up could also block hair follicles and impede healthy hair growth. Exfoliating your scalp with ground coffee can help remove dandruff as well as product build-up, and the caffeine in the grounds speed up hair growth.

Before shampooing, simply get a handful of coffee grounds and massage them gently into your scalp and hair for a few minutes. Then wash, rinse, and condition as you normally would.

Tenderise Meat

It is best to tenderise meat first before cooking to help break down muscle fibers and proteins, so you don’t have to struggle with chewing food that feels like leather. Salt and certain acids and enzymes are natural types of meat tenderisers. Coffee contains enzymes and natural acids, making it a cheap yet effective meat tenderiser.

Moreover, the acids found in coffee can help enhance the flavour of the meat.

Natural Fertilizer

Most garden soils don’t contain the necessary nutrients that plants need for optimal growth. As plants grow, they absorb the nutrients in soil, so gardens need to be fertilised regularly to ensure that plants constantly have the nourishment they need to thrive.

Ground coffee contains several key minerals for plant growth: phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, nitrogen, calcium, iron, and chromium. Furthermore, coffee grounds grow bacteria that worms feed on, making it a major ingredient in compost; but since coffee is a great deodoriser, your garden won’t smell like a rotting compost pile.

Most people just discard the grounds left behind after brewing coffee. However, there are a string of effective ways to reuse them. Even if you don’t drink too much coffee, you can stop by your local coffee shop and ask for some spent grounds. Not only did you save up on cleaning materials and body scrub purchases, but you have also lessened your carbon footprint by recycling.       

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