There's More to Coffee Than Just Waking Up.....

Many of us crave that morning cup of java to get our minds and bodies going. We make a pot of coffee, fill our cup a few times, clean the pot (maybe!) and throw out the grounds. BUT there are many ways to recycle those grounds – a few are listed below.

  • Soften and add shine to hair. When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse. For brown hair, coffee grounds add highlights.
  • Use coffee grounds as an exfoliant for skin. Pat on skin, massage over skin, rinse.
  • Fertilize plants. Old coffee grounds are nutrient-rich for plants that thrive in an acidic soil.
  • Add used coffee grounds to the pots of indoor plants.
  • Work used coffee grounds into your garden 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.
  • Use coffee grounds to repel ants.
  • Deodorize a freezer. Place a bowl with used coffee grounds in the freezer to remove unwanted odors. Add a few drops of vanilla to coffee grounds.
  • Rub coffee grounds on hands to get rid of smells from chopping or cutting up pungent foods.
  • Remove furniture scratches with wet coffee grounds.

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