By: Amanda Froelich,
The tantalizing aroma of a steaming pot of coffee is like no other – and that’s probably why 83% of adults in the US indulge in a cup or two every morning. But regardless if it’s the healthiest way to start the day or not, if one is going to get the most out of their coffee beans, there are a variety of ways they can put those used grounds to use and benefit from more than an enlightening caffeine ‘high’.
Nourish the Flowers
Acid-loving plants, such as roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangeas, and camelias, will benefit from coffee grounds in their beds. The natural acidity and nutrients they add to the soil can help them blossom at full capacity.
Use your leftover coffee grounds by sprinkling them around ants to deter an infestation.
Coffee grounds can be used as an exfoliant for softer skin. Mix them with raw sugar, coconut oil, and a little bit of cinnamon, then massage the mixture in and rinse it off in the shower 15 minutes later.
The grounds from coffee are said to repel snails and slugs, so disperse them in problem areas.
Sprinkle a bit of dampened coffee grounds around your fire place before cleaning to weigh down ash and make it easier to clean.
Keep Kitties at Bay
Coffee grounds and citrus can deter cats from playing in and around gardens.
Make a Sepia Dye
What better way to use your grounds than to seep them in water and have them dye some Easter Eggs? Get creative and add a creamy, sepia color to the design.
Boost Carrot Production
Mix seeds with dried coffee seeds before planting. The extra bulk makes the tiny seeds easier to manage, and the alluring coffee aroma can help nourish the soil while repelling pests.
Place a mason jar filled with used coffee grounds in your fridge to naturally deodorize the space. This is a great alternative to Baking Soda.
Shine Your Hair
Coffee grounds are beneficial for adding a shine to your hair and helping condition it naturally. Massage a small amount in wet hair for a few minutes, then rinse clean.
Get the most out of your coffee, and put the leftover grounds to good use!