Are you one of the millions who can’t start the morning without a cup of coffee? You know how to brew the perfect cup and taste every drop. But what to do with those leftover coffee grounds? You probably throw them straight in the trash, right? Well, stop that right now because there are a dozen ways to recycle these coffee grounds to get more than your money’s worth for them.
Not only will drinking a daily cup of coffee or two help you brighten your day but by saving your coffee grounds, you will make your life a little easier in other ways as well. Whether you’re looking for a little extra help in the kitchen, want to spice up your beauty routine, or just need to tidy up small spaces in your home, this list contains the answers you crave.
1. Neutralize odors
Did you notice a funky odor coming from your refrigerator after you left some fruit way past its prime? Does the smell continue to linger even after you have cleaned the inside of the refrigerator? Dry a few leftover coffee grounds, put them in a bowl, and place in the back of the refrigerator. For the next few days, enjoy the aroma of a cup of coffee every time you open the door. When the smell of coffee disappears, the offensive odor will be long gone.
2. Scour pots and pans
After drinking your coffee, you’ll have to wash the dishes, so why not give your pots and pans an extra scrub? The abrasiveness of used coffee grounds is the perfect texture to remove stuck food, especially in cast iron pans.
3. Clean your barbecue grill
If you spend most of your summer barbecue in the backyard, you know how important it is to keep your barbecue clean. You also know what a pain it is to get rid of burnt food particles. Try scrubbing the damp ground of coffee over the grill grate to loosen food particles. This will save you time on the cleaning process. You can also use a coffee pot to remove long-lasting grease from the grill.
4. Add extra flavor — and caffeine — to your meals
Now that you’re ready to fire up the grill, consider mixing coffee grounds into your spice rub. This will give your meat dishes an extra kick for your taste buds and will add a dash of caffeine to your meal.
5. Freshen skin
While most people think of coffee as if something meant to go inside your body, it also has benefits for the outside. You can mix coffee with cocoa and honey to make a face mask that not only helps detoxify your skin but also gives you extra energy in the morning. But don’t just stop with just your face. You can also combine coffee grounds with olive oil or sea salt for a natural body scrub.
6. Hair growth
If you’re looking for a new hair care regimen that won’t cost a fortune on branded products, look no further than used coffee grounds. The roughness of the coffee grounds helps to massage your scalp, which can encourage hair growth and add shine. Be careful with this advice if you have lighter hair, as coffee grounds could darken your hair a bit.
7. Air freshener
If the smell of freshly brewed coffee is the best way to wake you up in the morning, why not fill the rest of the house with that same pick-me-up? With this simple guide, you can recycle used coffee-grounds while finding the use of those socks that no longer match. These homemade air fresheners not only make your house smell like your favorite coffee shop but also look cute.
8. Make candles
Turning used coffee grounds into homemade candles takes a lot more time than buying a brand new candle, but it’s a great way to recycle both the coffee grounds and the remnants of the candles you usually throw away. Making these candles will help you save money on new candles and you will get the scent of your favorite brew every time you light your homemade candle.
9. Remove furniture scratches
While cleaning the house, you have probably noticed a few scuffs on some of your furniture. Instead of paying to have the scratch buffed out professionally, you can take care of it yourself. Rub your used coffee grounds into a scuff, wait about 10 minutes, and then buff the furniture out with a cotton cloth. This trick works especially well with dark wood furniture.
10. Get rid of ants
Does a small colony of ants suddenly set up camp on your kitchen counters, on your front door, or around your pet’s food bowl? The next time you notice these small pests, don’t bother about contaminating areas of your home with chemical insect repellents. Instead, spray your used coffee grounds in the area where ants most commonly occur. The strong smell of coffee will act as a natural repellent and ants will vacate the premises.
11. Trap and kill cockroaches
If your problem is even bigger than ants, you can also use coffee grounds to get rid of cockroaches. Fill the glass jar halfway with water, put a small cup of damp coffee grounds inside the jar, and place it where you seem to have a cockroach problem. Cockroaches, attracted by the smell of coffee, will crawl inside the jar, where they will become trapped. Be sure to check the traps daily to get rid of dead cockroaches quickly.
Used coffee grounds are no longer just trash. They come in handy all over your house, whether for repairs or just to help clean up the place a bit. If you drink your morning coffee anyway, you might get everything you paid for and more: a delicious cup of coffee and a cheap and easy way to improve your home.