Recycle Coffee Grounds for a Great Green Initiative
If you're like most Americans, then you love your daily cup of coffee. And if you brew your coffee at home, then you may find yourself throwing a lot of used coffee grounds in the trash. But did you know that there are many ways you can reuse and recycle coffee grounds? Check out the eight ideas below and start putting your used coffee grounds to better use.
- Eliminate odors: Spread your used coffee grounds onto a baking sheet and allow them to air-dry. Then, pour the dried grounds into small bowls or jars and place them around the house to neutralize odors.
- Make your garden grow: There are several ways that you can recycle coffee grounds in your garden. Coffee is very acidic, so you can spread the grounds around plants that love acid, such as hydrangeas and azaleas. Coffee grounds also contain several key minerals that your vegetable garden needs to thrive including nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and chromium. What's more, coffee grounds help attract worms, which are great for your garden. To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, simply sprinkle them onto the soil—it couldn't be easier!
- Get clean: Make soap from recycled coffee grounds? It sounds strange, but you can melt a bar of glycerin soap in a pan over low heat and add 1/3 cup of coffee grounds. Then pour the mixture into a soap mold or even an old ice cube tray and allow it to cool and harden. Your bar of "coffee soap" will be perfect for exfoliating old skin cells and producing tighter, healthier skin.
- Repel insects, naturally: Forget toxic and pricey commercial insect repellents. If you've got an ant problem, sprinkle dried coffee grounds where ever you see them congregate and they'll soon disappear. Keep mosquitoes, fruit flies, and bees away from your summer barbecue by simply setting out bowls of grounds around outdoor seating areas. If you've got a cockroach problem, then place moist coffee grounds in a jar lined at the top with double sided tape. Cockroaches love the smell of coffee so they'll try to enter the jar and get stuck on the tape.
- Clean your canine: After you give your dog a bath, rub a cup of grounds into their fur, and then be sure to rinse well. The grounds will help kill fleas, neutralize odors, and give your dog smooth and silky fur.
- Repair furniture: Coffee grounds can be used to disguise scratches in wood furniture. Mix 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to furniture with a cotton ball or cotton swab and then wipe dry. You'll never realize the scratch was there.
- Clean more green: Recycled coffee grounds are a fantastic alternative to less environmentally-friendly cleaners. Mix grounds with a little bit of baking soda for an abrasive scrub that's perfect for scouring pots and pans and cleaning stove tops and other kitchen appliances. Just avoid using it on light colored surfaces as it can create stains.
- Sharpen the garbage disposal: Add 1 tablespoon of dried grounds to the garbage disposal while the water is running to sharpen its blades. It has the added benefit of removing garbage disposal odors.
By using recycled coffee grounds you're not only reducing the amount of trash you produce, but you’re saving money because of all the products you won’t have to buy now that you've discovered the power of coffee. If you're not a coffee drinker, the benefits of using recycled coffee grounds may even make you want to start.
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