Americans love coffee. One could even say that it fuels us. Many of us choose to make our delicious coffee at home instead of paying high prices for store-bought lattes. This means we are left with coffee filters full of used grounds. Don’t throw them away. Review this list to check out the nifty ways they can help out around the house.
Repellent: Coffee grounds are a great way to protect your house or garden against pests. Ants snails and slugs really don’t like the smell of coffee.
Fertilizer: Grounds add nitrogen and potassium to the soil. They are a great fertilizer for flowers such as “azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, or other acid-loving plants.” You can also mix the grounds with grass clippings or straw to help neutralize the acidity for other plants.
Carrots: Planting carrots in your garden? When you sow the seeds, mix some coffee grounds into the dirt around them. The carrots will thrive.
Odors: Grounds will absorb odors just like baking soda will. Leave grounds in your fridge like you would baking soda.
Dye: We have all ruined at least one clothing item with a coffee stain. Why not use that color intentionally. Save coffee grounds and soak anything from Easter eggs to cloth. Got a school project and need to artificially age some paper? Dip it in coffee.
Abrasive: Coffee grounds are naturally abrasive. Use this to scrub dishes, your fireplace or even your face. Incorporating coffee into your cleaning or beauty regimen reduces your need to use artificial products or exfoliants. It all depends on what medium you decide to place the grounds in.
These are just a few of the dozens of things you can do with your old coffee grounds. Think of these ideas when you’re planting your next container garden or deciding whether to compost or reuse them.