Coffee is good for more than an early morning or late afternoon jolt of energy. Take it a step further by re-using these old coffee grounds long after your cup of joe is gone.
Today we’ve put together a list of ways to recycle used coffee grounds at home. After reading this, you will never want to throw away those old coffee grounds ever again!
Natural Mosquito Repellent
Did you know coffee grounds can be used as a natural deterrent to repel mosquitoes? This neat little trick involves burning DRY, used coffee grounds.
According to the EPA website, the strong odor of coffee can work as a natural repellent for insects like ants, slugs and mosquitoes.
- Start by having a sheet of foil on a bowl and place the grounds on top of it.
- Then light up the grounds to get it burning.
- The burning scent is enough to deter any mosquitoes around the area.
Coffee Grounds for Your Garden
Makes a Great Compost
Old coffee grounds are a rich source of nitrogen. Add them into compost piles to maintain heat and moisture. Research shows that grounds are an ideal addition to your compost in percentages of about 10-20% of your total compost volume.
Use Coffee Grounds as a Fertilizer
There is a slight misconception as to coffee grounds being acidic. There have been several studies that when analyzed, spent grounds are generally neutral on the pH scale, occasionally they’ll be slightly acidic and other times slightly alkaline. Besides being neutral on the pH scale, they also release nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, which all prove very valuable for thriving plants and crops.
Garden Pest Deterrent
One simple way to deter pest from eating up your vegetable garden use coffee grounds throughout your garden. Simple sprinkle all around your plants and flower beds to create a barrier which will protect them against destructive ants, bugs and slugs.
Clean Pots Like New
Here’s an interesting one you may not have known.
The scrubbing power of coffee grounds makes it an excellent natural abrasive for scouring dirty pots and pans and even cleaning your stovetop cover.
Simply cover a thin cloth with coffee grounds and scrub it over the stubborn grease and food particles. Before long, your dishes and stovetop will be sparkling clean.
Deodorize Your Home
Coffee grounds emit a strong odor and can overpower or neutralize other strong odors like garlic, onions, vomit and animal urine. They are often used in fridges to remove strong smells.
A simple way to remove food odors in the refrigerator is by loading up a small open container with dry, spent grounds and placing it in the back of the fridge for several weeks.
Homemade Caffeinated Soap
Looking for a wonderful smelling soap that exfoliates and deodorizes? You can make your very own soap using coffee grounds.
Turn your old coffee grounds into caffeinated homemade soap with this DIY tutorial.
Rejuvenating Body Scrub
Leave your skin with a fresh, vibrant appearance by gently rubbing used coffee grounds on your skin. It is great for skin exfoliation.
To make this natural coffee body scrub you will only need two ingredients.
- Used coffee grounds
- Organic coconut oil
Mix equal parts ground coffee and coconut oil together and add mixture into a jar.
Apply on face and body in a circular motion and leave on your skin for up to 10 minutes.
Do this routine 3 at least times a week for best results.