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10 Ways To Reuse Old Coffee Grounds

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, greenliving, protection )

- 1893 days ago -
It's been estimated that American consumers drink approximately 400 million cups of coffee every day. That generates a lot of old coffee grounds, and usually those grounds go straight into the trash can.

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Christeen A (368)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:21 am
Thanks for the wonderful and very useful tips.

Les M (3)
Friday March 15, 2013, 7:35 am
sorry ladies, you're not getting rid of cellulite (aka F-A-T) with rubbing coffee grounds or anything else on you. the caffeine will temporarily tighten your skin so it looks a little better for a short period of time.

Kit B (276)
Friday March 15, 2013, 8:38 am

This one should be a KEEPER for all of us!

This article is terrific - I know some companies are using coffee grounds for composting but this gives so many other resources:

Check out these 10 awesome applications of your old coffee grounds!

1. Organic fertilizer

If you have a garden, consider sprinkling some of your old grounds outside on your flower beds. Your plants will be able to benefit from the nutrients in the grounds. You can also add grounds to your compost heap and use them later as part of the compost.

2. Organic pest control

Ants, snails, and some other critters are not fond of coffee grounds. If these pests terrorize your plants, consider adding the grounds to the soil to keep them away. Cats will avoid the grounds as well, if youíre trying to keep olí Mitsy from nibbling away at your garden.

3. Household deodorizer

Adding some coffee grounds to your closet or your fridge or freezer in a small container can prevent unpleasant odors from gathering or lingering.

4. Abrasive cleaner

If you are having a hard time getting tough food off of dishes, try cleaning them with coffee grounds. The grounds act as an abrasive and make it much easier to scrub off dried, crusted foods.

5. Flavor enhancer in baking

Fresh or used coffee grounds can add flavor to baked desserts like cakes or brownies.

6. Cellulite treatment

It may sound strange, but if you check the ingredients on expensive cellulite treatments, you may notice coffee listed pretty often. To do this treatment on yourself, mix one tablespoon of olive oil with a fourth cup of used coffee grounds. Spread this mixture out on the areas where you have cellulite and then wrap the area using plastic wrap. After a few minutes, take off the wrap and then shower to clean off the treatment. Try doing this a couple times a week.

7. Hair rinse

Try rubbing coffee grounds into your hair after you wash it. Then rinse them back out again. Youíll probably find that your hair is shinier and softer after you finish. Coffee ground can help to bring out color in brown hair, but it may darken blonde hair (without adding color to it).

8. Dog flea repellant

If you rub some coffee grounds into your dogís hair after you wash it, the coffee grounds can help to repel fleas.

9. Dye

Coffee grounds can be steeped in hot water to create a dye which you can use on fabric or paper, making it useful for arts and crafts. The dye will not be strong enough to dye your hair, but it may help to enhance its color or darken it. Using coffee grounds as a hair rinse as discussed above can help you do this as well. Multiple applications are needed for success.

10. Traction on icy pavement

The salts which are used to melt ice on pavement are not good for the environment. Coffee grounds can help provide traction on slippery pavement and also may help to melt the ice faster, most likely due to their color (which absorbs light and heat). Youíll need to gauge whether this is a good solution for you or not; always go with what is safest.

Old coffee grounds are some of the most all-around useful byproducts out there, and you donít need to throw them in the trash. There are plenty of ways you can use them to replace substances which are not friendly to the environment, like fertilizer, pest repellant and driveway salts. They can also replace some of your chemical-loaded cosmetic products, which can contribute to a healthier lifestyle. If you arenít sure what to do with yours, you can always add them to your compost heap. They will improve the quality of your compost, contributing to a healthier garden and a healthier planet.

Carol H (229)
Friday March 15, 2013, 8:47 am
good ideas!!! thanks Cher for this useful information.

Donna Hamilton (159)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:41 am
Great tips! Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 15, 2013, 12:45 pm
Ours always go in the compost bin.

. (0)
Friday March 15, 2013, 3:08 pm
I never knew about the deodorizer-I always used baking soda.

Tom R (23)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:18 pm
Good tips but maybe they can prit on the back of COFfee jars/cans and recyling good idea.

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
Thank you Cher for these great tips on using old coffee grounds. I have used mine as a fertilizer in my flower beds for several years now. I have tried them on the ants, but to no avail. I never even thought to use them as an abrasive cleaner which will be soon. I think for the fun of it I will try on my tired old body's cellulite!!For books and print, you can use a small container of new grounds in an open can, put all in a plastic container (tub) and leave alone for awhile - takes the mildew smell out.

Gvapo T (22)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 4:35 am
great ideas
definitely useful
thanks cher :)

cynthia l (207)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 5:13 am
thx yes, fertilizer and they keep afids off rose bushes

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:20 pm
I compose mine, but I like some of the other ideas listed. Thanks Cher.

Carol Bischoff (409)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:21 am
Thankyou so much for the wonderful tips !

Oh Eve (43)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 9:43 pm
Coffee ground is way too useful to be damped into the trash bins!
There are so many other excellent uses for it! Say for the compost for plants!
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