8 Uses for Coffee Grounds

We love our coffee in the morning and go through a lot of it!  We use the grounds in our Mechanic’s/Gardner’s soap as an exfoliant and deodorizer.   Purchase our Mechanic’s/Gardener’s soap here.

This soap is extra scrubby – with pumice & coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are a great deodorizer, soooo nice by the kitchen sink.

Because we’re big on recycling I thought I’d shout out 8 ways to use coffee grounds!

  1. As I  mentioned, coffee is a great deororizer.   Dry out the grounds on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer, or rub them on your hands to get rid of  food prep smells.
  2. Plant Food: throw them in your compost bin.   Plants that prefer acidic soils will thrive with coffee grounds in the soil.
  3. Dye:  Steep coffee grounds in hot water to make dye for Easter eggs,  fabric or a pigment for paper.  This pigment will also work well on furniture scratches.
  4. Insect  Repellant: sprinkle coffee grounds on ant piles and the little guys will  move out.  Snails & slugs are also not fans and will pack their bags.
  5. Kitty-Keep-Out:  Sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels  in your flowerbed and Miss Kitty will not powder her nose there.
  6. Reduces Cellulite: High priced creams almost always contain caffeine. Caffiene enhances fat metabolism, reducing the appearance of these fatty pockets under the skin. To make your own coffee cellulite treatment at home, mix  warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin in circular motions for a few minutes before rinsing.
  7. Reduce Fireplace mess:  Use coffee grounds to settle the dust storm.  When embers are cool, sprinkle with damp coffee grounds, let sit for about 15  minutes then scoop out the whole mess.   The coffee grounds cling to the ashes making cleanup much less messy.
  8. Make a cockroach trap.  Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container’s  neck with extra-sticky doubled-sided tape. The scent will draw the roaches  into the trap.
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