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7 Brilliant Uses For Used Coffee Grounds

It’s estimated that every day more than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed across the globe and most people just can't be bothered to come up with ANYTHING to do with used coffee grounds other than tossing them into the trash.

The idea is not new: lots of people have been repurposing old coffee grounds for years now, but it's time for a refresher course on all the things you can do with used coffee grounds -- 7 ideas to get you started!

1. Natural fertilizer for plants

The acidity in your leftover coffee acts as an organic fertilizer due to its high nitrogen content, which will help plants grow stronger and produce more fruit.

The compost has the appropriate amount of nutrients, pH, and moisture for them to grow.

Used coffee grounds are also rich in nutrients that help prevent diseases in your plants.

2. Insect repellant (place around areas to keep insects away)

To use coffee grounds as pest-control in your home, start by crushing the dried grounds into a fine powder and then sprinkle them liberally around windowsills or other entry points through which pests are entering your home.

The grounds should not be wet or moist because then it will just rot and release a scent that is not good for repelling insects.

3. Face mask

Coffee grounds are a great skin care remedy for those who want to reduce puffiness, stimulate circulation and tighten the skin.

Mix 1 part coffee grounds with 2 parts olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice (optional).

Apply the mixture to the face and massage the skin in circular motion for 30 seconds. Leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.

4. Gardening mulch and soil conditioner

Used coffee grounds is an excellent soil conditioner and has been found to help with drought stress in plants.

Coffee grounds also increase the number of beneficial bacteria and fungi in the soil and can help improve nutrient cycling, which means that plants will need less fertilizers since they are getting more nutrients from the soil.

5. Hair scrub

If you are dealing with dry, itchy scalp and flaky scalp, coffee grounds can help.

Coffee grounds exfoliates the scalp and helps to promote blood circulation which is good for your hair and overall scalp health.

Basically the trick is to mix your coffee grounds with coconut oil or olive oil and apply it to your scalp.

Wait about 10 minutes and then wash off with cool water. Your hair will be shiny and healthy-looking after just one time of using this treatment!

6. Composting starter

Used coffee grounds are rich in organic matter, nitrogen and other nutrients that make them an excellent compost starter.

They help break down organic matter in compost piles or bins and also help maintain pH balance so that other organisms can survive and work effectively.

Simply mix the coffee grounds with other carbon-rich sources like dried leaves, then cover them with layers of unbleached paper and/or wood chips for aeration.

Lastly, ensure that you water your pile often if it is dry or turn it occasionally to keep the materials well mixed together.

7. Natural deodorizer

Used coffee grounds are the perfect natural deodorizer because they are anti-bacterial, absorb moisture, and have a pleasant smell without the harmful chemicals in store bought deodorant.

It has been better for people with sensitive skin since it is not an irritant and doesn't have bleach in it.

Used coffee grounds can also reduce wetness and itchiness in the armpits.

Coffee smells great and provides a layer of protection against sweat and bacteria!

The benefits of used coffee grounds are endless. This blog has provided you with 7 different ideas for how to reuse those spent grounds instead of throwing them out.

From natural fertilizers for plants, insect repellant, face masks, gardening mulch, hair scrub, composting starter and natural deodorizer; there is a lot that one person could do with the left over material from brewing a cup of coffee!

When you use coffee grounds in these ways it is a sustainable way to get rid of your old coffee.

If this information interests you, do share it with your family and friends.


1 comment

  • Really good content. Thank you for sharing!

    Zia Khan

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