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5 inedible and amazing things to do with used coffee grounds

Tea and coffee throughout the day is a necessity, a fun element and a culture in most workplaces. And that’s how we have known the two beverages until now. Let’s see how the leftovers and used coffee grounds work for us.

What to do with coffee grounds

 Use coffee grounds as an exfoliant

Exfoliate with a body scrub made of coffee grounds, coconut oil and a little brown sugar. Massage on wet or dry skin alike. Rinse.

An excellent alternative for garden fertilizer

Use coffee grounds as a mulch for acid-loving plants — roses, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, hydrangeas and camellias. Plants such as those like coffee grounds for the naturally acidic content and nutrients they are rich in thereby, adding more goodness to the soil. Coffee grounds make great fertilizer because they contain several key nutrients required for plant growth. They help attract worms and decrease the concentration of heavy metals in the soil.

To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, simply sprinkle them onto the soil surrounding your plants.

An organic substitute for insecticide or pesticide

Certain compounds found in coffee, such as caffeine and diterpenes, can be highly toxic to insects. They are effective at keeping away mosquitos, fruit flies and beetles, and they may help deter other pests too.

Simply set out bowls/portions of coffee grounds or sprinkle them around outdoor seating areas. Scattering coffee grounds around your plants would help create a barrier that slugs and snails do not like to pass.

A flea repellent for your pet

It’s highly common for households pets to catch fleas, but getting rid of them could be time taking and expensive. In-store flea removal products may contain harsh chemicals that could have unfavourable side effects. Coffee grounds are the organic and side effect free solution to this problem. Simply rub the grounds through the pet fur after giving them a bath, rinsing them off after a few minutes.

However, coffee grounds may be less effective than a prescription product, so if the flea problem is moderate to high, then you might want to see a vet to address the issue.

PS  coffee grounds should not be taken orally by pets. They could be toxic if consumed.

Odour neutralizer/ deodorant

Coffee grounds have foul smell absorbing properties in the form of nitrogen. Upon being combined with carbon, Nitrogen gas is known to clear the air of Sulphur gas that bears unpleasant odours. Coffee grounds can be used as an odour neutralizer in various ways, such as:

  • Placing a bowl of coffee grounds in the fridge or freezer to neutralize odours from spoiled or fragrant foods.
  • Filling old socks or pantyhose with coffee grounds and tie them off to make portable air fresheners.
  • Placing those deodorizing fresheners in your shoes, gym bag, and bedroom drawers, under your car seat or anywhere else that may need some deodorizing.

Keeping coffee grounds by the sink and use them to scrub your hands after chopping garlic or onions. The grounds will help remove the smell from your hands.

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