Most people would assume that coffee grounds are used purely for drinking or in cooking. But there are many other uses for it. Here are twenty ways to use them other than in a cup with hot water.
· To soften and add shine to hair
When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse. It can also be used as a natural hair dye for lighter hair colours.
· To exfoliate skin
The course texture of ground coffee, works as a natural exfoliator. Add ground coffee to a creamy based soap, pat on skin, massage over skin, and rinse. The coffee grounds will help rub off dry dead skin and leave your skin feeling smoother.
· Add to a skin mask
Coffee beans have a few natural benefits for your skin. The caffeine helps fat deposits and the appearance of cellulite and smooths and tightens your skin.
· Make homemade tattoos with henna and coffee grounds
Mix together liquid coffee, henna powder, clove oil and eucalyptus oil until they create a thick paste. Simply apply the mixture to skin using a toothpick and begin your tattoo designs.
· Fertilize plants
Old coffee grounds are nutrient-rich for plants that thrive in an acidic soil. They have low levels of nitrogen, calcium, magnesium and traces of salt. Coffee grounds release these nutrients more slowly than most fertilizers making them a great food for plants.
· Put them in the pots of your indoor plants
Coffee serves as a great fertilizer regardless of the environment, so add some to your garden and your indoor plants as well.
· Work them into your soil before seed planting
After your plants start to emerge, work in coffee grounds near the plants. Used coffee grounds are said to repel snails and slugs as well as adding nutrients to the soil and the nitrogen levels will give the new plant a healthy start.
· Increase your carrot and radish harvest by mixing seeds with dry coffee grounds before planting the seeds
Coffee grounds make a great fertilizer to enhance the growth of carrots and radishes.
· Use grounds to repel ants
Ants are very particular about smells. Sprinkle coffee grounds outdoors in front of doors, or near plants you want to keep ants away from. The ants will turn around once they run into the smell of coffee.
· Keep your cats from using your garden as a kitty box by spreading used coffee grounds and orange peels throughout flower beds
Mix together used orange peels and used coffee grinds to keep cats out of your garden. While helping to fertilize the soil, the pungent smell will keep cats away.
· Deodorize a freezer
Place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the freezer to remove unwanted odours. Add a few drops of vanilla to coffee grounds.
· Rub coffee beans on hands to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
Coffee can help deodorize your freezer and your hands as well. Rub whole beans in your hands to get rid of tough smells like garlic and onion.
· Make a used coffee grounds sachet
Fill old nylons or cheesecloth with dry, used coffee grounds. Hang in closets to absorb odours.
· When you need an abrasive cleaner, coffee grounds can be used
The course texture of the grounds make coffee a good abrasive cleaner. Use around the kitchen when wiping down countertops and such just be careful of any surfaces that might stain.
· Remove furniture scratches with wet coffee grounds
Clean off your piece of furniture then use a paintbrush dipped in brewed coffee grounds to fix the scratched area. The more times you do this, the darker the results will be.
· Got a fireplace?
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.
· Dye fabric, paper of Easter eggs
Just like berries and flowers, coffee beans serve as a natural dye. Simply add used coffee grounds to warm water and let sit a bit to create a dye.
· After you give your dog a bath, rub coffee grounds through the coat of your pet
Coffee grounds are said to repel fleas. Just like ants, fleas hate the smell. Rub your dog down with a coffee mixture, and send those fleas packing.
· Keep bait worms alive by mixing coffee grounds into the soil before you add worms
It is rumoured that the caffeine and smell make the worms wriggle and become more active. Most likely the coffee just helps fertilize the soil that the worms are feasting on.
· Grow mushrooms on old coffee grounds
Using mushroom spawn and a bucket of coffee grounds, you can grow very impressive mushrooms.
These are just a selection of uses for coffee grounds. Maybe you can invent some other uses for them yourself.