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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dont waste those coffee grounds!

I try to recycle or reuse anything that comes into my home, one thing that usually bothers me and that is a huge waste in most households is Coffee grounds!

Here are a few ways you can use coffee grounds after youve drank up that coffee. Better than throwing things in the garbage, these ways might actually make your life easier!

1. Skip the toxic abrasive cleaners for pots and pans and use a handful of coffee grounds instead.

2. Scour (non-porcelain) sinks with coffee grounds. It can actually clean out your pipes with its course texture and inhibits odors.

3. Clean old food off of dishes. Be aware not to use coffee grounds on materials that might be absorbent or porous so that you don’t end up with brown stains.

4. Boiling water and coffee grounds help to get rid of stinky odors deep down in your drains!

5. Out of Baking soda? (you should NEVER be!!!) Coffee grounds can also be used as a deodorizer. Place grounds in a jar or dish to absorb odors from refrigerators and freezers.

6. Leave a dish of coffee grounds out to absorb odors in rooms that have an unpleasant odor. (the same goes for your car and your ashtrays!)

7. Make a used coffee grounds sachet. Fill old nylons or cheescloth with dry used coffee grounds. Hang in closets to absorb odors.

8. After you give your dog a bath, rub coffee grounds through the coat of your pet. Coffee grounds are said to repel fleas.

9. Rub on hands to remove food prep odors.
10. Use wet grounds when cleaning your fire place or wood stove to keep the dust and ash from flying.

11. Get rid of Ants! Use coffee grounds for natural ant control. Place dried grounds in the areas ants frequent. The smell is a deterrent.

12.  Grow mushrooms on old coffee grounds.

13. Cover up scratches in furniture. Dab a strong solution of coffee onto the scratch. Naturally, this works best on darker woods.

14. Use coffee grounds as a non-toxic, fully degradable fertilizer. Coffee grounds are a good source of nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other trace minerals. While you need to be aware that not all plants love coffee, such as tomatoes, most are enriched by the added nutrients. Be careful though - make sure you check the internet or some other source to make sure that where you live doesnt have naturally acidic soil - I live in Arizona where the ground is Naturally Alkaline, and Coffee REALLY peps up soil for plants!) This is especially helpful for plants such as roses that need a high adicidy.

15. Your worms love coffee as much as we do. Theory suggests that besides the caffeine, the bacterium that grows on the many-sided grounds is not only a food source, but adds grit to their digestive system allowing them to digest better. Coffee-eating worms reproduce faster, which is great for oxygenating our gardens and compost.

16. Use as a non-toxic bug repellant. Use a solution of coffee to spray your plants. The smell is too strong for most bugs.

17. Use coffee grounds to keep cats from digging and pooping in your garden.

18. Use coffee grounds to deter slugs and snails. Both the smell and the abrasive surface help keep these pests out of the garden.

19. To increase your carrot harvest, mix the seeds with fresh-ground coffee before sowing. Not only does the extra bulk make the tiny seeds easier to sow, but the coffee aroma may repel root maggots and other pests. As an added bonus, the grounds will help add nutrients to the soil as they decompose around the plants.

20. Kitty repellent. To keep kitty from using the garden as her personal powder room, sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants.

21Soften and add shine to hair. When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse. For brown hair, coffee grounds add highlights.

22. Use coffee grounds as an exfoliate for skin. Pat on skin, massage over skin, rinse.

23. Add coffee grounds to your skin mask beauty routine. Put some wet grounds over dark circles around your eyes and watch that Vassal Constricting elixir erase them!

24. Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs.

25. Rub coffee grounds on hands to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
26. Make a used coffee grounds sachet. Fill old nylons or cheescloth with dry used coffee grounds. Hang in closets to absorb odors.
27. When you need an abrasive cleaner, coffee grounds can be used. Be careful of any surfaces that might stain.
28. Remove furniture scratches with wet coffee grounds.
29. Sprinkle wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep from becoming engulfed in the plume of dust ashes create when you need to remove them.
30. Dye fabric, paper or Easter eggs. Simply add used coffee grounds to warm water and let sit a bit to create a dye. 

31. Cellulite reducer. Miix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of then, while standing over an old towel or newspaper, we're to apply the mixture to our "problem areas". Then wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off our skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week. A little weird to be sure, but as high priced cellulite creams actually have coffee in them, it just might work.

32. The acid in coffee actually melts ice a lot like salt.

33. Use it in ashtrays. It keeps the odor of cigs out and puts them out for ya like the sand in public ashtrays!

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