By Cris Carl, Networx
I admit I am a great contributor to the creation of copious amounts of coffee grounds. I looked into finding the many uses for my leftover coffee grounds. It turns out, coffee grounds can be used for a variety of cleaning, gardening and body care uses. If you arenít a coffee drinker, you may want to check out your local coffee houses for their leftovers.
Uses for coffee in the home
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.
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 donít end up with brown stains.
4. Scrub your grill or electric griddle.
5. 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.
7. Deodorize a car that may have had one too many fast-food items left in it.
8. Place a layer of grounds in your ashtrays to greatly reduce the stench of old cigarette butts.
9. Rub on hands to remove food prep odors.
10. Use wet grounds when cleaning your fireplace or wood stove to keep the dust and ash from flying. You could also use wet grounds for the same purpose in a pellet stove, but take care to not allow the burn pot to get clogged, so I would use very sparingly in this case.
11. Use coffee grounds for natural ant control. Place dried grounds in the areas ants frequent. The smell is a deterrent.
12. Dye paper, fabrics, or other porous materials with a strong coffee solution.
13. Cover up scratches in furniture. Dab a strong solution of coffee onto the scratch. Naturally, this works best on darker woods.