Updated: May 18, 2021
How do you dispose your used ground coffee? Do you throw them in the trash or out the window?
As it turns out, the coffee experience doesn’t have to end with the last sip of your mug. Used coffee grounds can be put into good use even after being brewed into that cup of java you crave every morning. Our four favourite uses of used coffee grounds are simple, practical, and rewarding. Check them out and put your used grounds back to work!
1. Fertilize Your Garden
Ground coffee is a great fertilizer especially for acid-loving plants like hydrangeas or roses. Used coffee grounds add nitrogen and potassium to the soil and adds a boost of magnesium which all plants need to stay healthy.
2. Pest Repellent
Ground coffee is effective at deterring mosquitoes, fruit flies and beetles away.
To use coffee grounds as an insect and pest repellent, simply set out bowls of grounds or sprinkle them around outdoor seating areas. You can also keep pests out of your garden by scattering coffee grounds around your plants. They help create a barrier that slugs and snails do not like to crawl over.
3. Absorb Food Odor
Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, which helps eliminate a foul-smelling sulfur gas from the air when it’s combined with carbon. In other words, coffee grounds can help absorb and eliminate odors. You can place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to neutralize odors from spoiled or fragrant foods.
4. Exfoliate Skin
Coffee grounds are abrasive and can help remove build up on hard-to-clean surfaces. They may even help sanitize due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties.
If you like to avoid cleaning with chemicals, used coffee grounds might be worth a try.
Use them to scour your sink, polish your cookware or clean your grill. Just be careful not to use them on any kind of porous material, as they can cause brown stains.
What do you know! Your used ground coffee just keep giving and giving.
Reuse your ground coffee with these simple steps and help reduce waste one cup at a time!