Great Usage of Coffee Grounds, Don’t Throw Them Away!

Are you a coffee lover like me? If yes, then you might be familiar with coffee grounds, is it correct? If you don’t know what they are, they are residue from coffee beans. You can get them from grinding coffee or by an espresso machine or by collecting them from a coffee vending machine. People usually throw them away without knowing how useful it is! In this blog, we will list out things that they could do. So, keep your coffee grounds!

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In some places, coffee grounds also known as coffee cakes

Coffee Grounds as Fertilizer

One of the greatest and most known uses of the coffee ground is that it can use as a plant fertilizer. This is because they contain several key nutrients required for plant growth, for instance, nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and chromium. They can also absorb heavy metals and help attract worms to decrease the concentrations of heavy metals in the soil. Furthermore, it is easy to use it as a fertilizer, you just have to scatter it on the soil around the plant.

Pest repellent for Plants

Yes, you are correct, not only fertilizer but also a pest repellent. Studies (insert caption)show that certain components in coffee, such as caffeine, can be highly toxic to insects and bugs. Instead of using chemical pesticides, why not choose a natural way by using coffee grounds? It is very simple to use them as pesticides, simply put the coffee cakes in a small container at a place you want to repel the bugs. Scattering them around the plants will also do.

Repel Fleas from Pets

For pet owners, here’s some good news for you! Same as above, coffee grounds are great for repelling pests. Fleas seem to dislike the aroma of coffee. Thus, they a natural treatment for pets. The way to use coffee grounds on your pet is by rubbing them on your pet’s fur after shampooing them. Then rinse and dry them off like the usual way you bathe your pet. However, take note that they may not be as effective as professional treatment products. Do have a vet to consult for a more effective result. (BEWARE: EXTERNAL USE ONLY, do NOT let them eat the coffee grounds!)

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Use coffee grounds while bathing your pets!

Coffee Grounds as Cleaning Scrub

Do you know that they can use as a cleaning scrub too? You can use them as an abrasive cleaner to scour buildup from sinks, cookware, grills, and other surfaces due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties. If you dislike cleaning with chemicals, coffee grounds might be worth a try. (Be careful not to use them on any porous material as they can cause brown stains.)

Remove Odors

One of the great uses of coffee grounds is that it could be used as a natural air freshener. They can absorb odors from your refrigerator, smelly shoes, gym bag, bedroom drawers, car, and anywhere else that needs deodorizing. Some people even find it handy by using them to scrub their hands to remove odor after chopping garlic and onions.

Coffee Grounds to scour Cooking Utensils

The coffee ground can also be used to scour pots and pans. Their abrasive texture helps scrape away caked-on food. Simply sprinkle the grounds directly onto your pots and pans and scrub as usual. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward.

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Use grounds as a scrub for cleaning cooking utensils

Exfoliate Skin

Coffee grounds can be repurposed into an exfoliating scrub for your face and body. They help remove dirt and dead skin cells and promote overall skin health. Caffeine has potent antioxidant properties that can help protect the skin from sun damage. Simply mix them with a little bit of water or coconut oil and scrub them with your hands directly onto your face and body. The coffee ground can also mix with a small amount of honey and used as an exfoliating lip scrub. (Source:Caffeine’s mechanisms of action and its cosmetic use)

Natural Dye

Used coffee grounds are a great and inexpensive natural alternative to chemical dyes. It can give fabrics and paper a vintage look or disguise existing stains on your clothing. You can even use the coffee ground to dye Easter eggs or deepen the color of dark hair. Simply rewet them and use them as a dye. If you’ve dyed a piece of fabric that will be worn or used, make sure to wash it in cold water with a very mild laundry detergent before using it.

Stimulate Hair Growth and Strip Buildup

Study shows that caffeine can stimulate hair growth. (Source: can beverages grow hair on bald heads?) Exfoliating your scalp with used coffee grounds can help remove dead skin cells and product buildup and may even speed up hair growth. Before you shampoo, simply grab a handful of coffee grounds and massage them into your scalp and hair for a few minutes. Then wash and rinse as you normally would. Do this one to two times per week, or as needed.

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