I love coffee, I actually need coffee first thing in the morning to get me started but there are a ton of other uses for coffee and the used grounds. I’ve been saving the grounds for years, and you can start doing that too with these perfect recycling tips. Now you can enjoy your coffee again, even after you’ve finished your morning cup of Joe.
I keep my grounds in a large bin. I take from that stash and use the grounds different ways around the house, yard and to keep my skin healthy too.
5 Uses for Leftover Coffee Grounds
GARDEN FERTILIZER: This is one of the first ways I started using my leftover coffee. Just sprinkle the coffee grounds around your plants to protect them from garden pests like ants, snails and slugs. Taking a small amount out of the bin (if you have a lot of grounds stocked up) and adding a few drops of rosemary or orange oil to the grounds then spreading around plants if you are having trouble with small mammals larking around your garden.
CLEANING DISHES: I keep my grounds directly under the sink so I can easily access them when needed, especially when doing dishes. Sometimes you need a little help when getting those pots and pans clean. Just put a few teaspoons of grounds on your cleaning cloth and use that to scour the grease and grim away.
COMPOST: If you want to start composting make sure you add those coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen which makes for excellent “green” matter. Just make sure you don’t add too many grounds at once to your compost. You should have no more than 25% of grounds to your pile which shouldn’t be an issue unless you are drinking a ton of coffee.
CONTROL FOOD ODORS: Coffee grounds works a lot like baking soda for absorbing food odors in the fridge and freezer. Place the grounds in a small open container and place in the back of you fridge and freezer and forget about it for a few weeks. When you remove the grounds just add them the compost pile.
SKIN CARE: One of my favorite ways to use coffee grounds is for my skin. I make this amazing coffee scrub that I keep in the shower and use at least once a week to exfoliate my skin. I even use it on my face which makes for a great facial. Coffee grounds are also great in reducing cellulite. You can make this coffee scrub and give an extra rub on those areas with cellulite or just put together a mixture of grounds and warm water and scrub for 10 minutes a few times a week.
So before you dump all those coffee grounds save them to help keep your garden, home and body healthy.