7 things you can do with used coffee grounds

After everything that a coffee bean has been through, from tree to cup, why should its journey end just because you’ve ground it down and brewed the flavour out of it? Used coffee grounds actually have a number of uses so don’t throw them away just yet, try some of these tips…

1)      Neutralise odours: Spread the used coffee grounds onto a flat baking sheet and leave to air dry. Once they’re dry, put them in a bowl in your fridge to neutralise nasty smells. You can also rub some of the dried out grounds into your hands to get rid of smells that are left behind after handling foods like garlic and chillies.

2)      Feed your plants: Plants that prefer acidic soils, such as rosebushes, rhododendrons, and azaleas, will really appreciate the minerals and nutrients they’ll get from used coffee grounds. Sprinkle some on the soil, or add it to your compost bin to give your garden a nutrient boost.

3)      Repel pests: Coffee grounds have something in them that garden pests such as slugs, snails, and ants just don’t like. Sprinkle old coffee grounds in places where you don’t want ants to nest, and mix them with your soil to deter slugs from nibbling on your plants.

4)      Repel cats: Other people’s cats can be a nuisance in your garden. To prevent them trampling your flower bed, and defecating in your vegetable patch simply mix some old coffee grounds with grated orange peels and scatter it around your plants.

5)      Give carrots a boost: Before planting carrot seeds, mix them with fresh coffee grounds. This makes them easier to sow, provides nutrients to the soil, and can help to prevent pests from attacking them as they sprout and grow.

6)      Exfoliate skin: Make a body scrub with used coffee grounds by mixing them with coconut oil and some brown sugar. Gently massage into your skin, then rinse off in the shower for soft, smooth skin.

7)      Reduce cellulite: Most of the cellulite creams on the market contain coffee, so why not make your own?! Mix a quarter cup of used grounds with 1 tbsp of olive oil, then lay down some newspaper or an old towel to protect the floor while you apply the mixture to ‘problem areas’. Wrap with cling film and leave on for several minutes, then gently brush off the grounds and rinse yourself off in the shower! Repeat twice a week for best results.

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