Before you throw your coffee grounds in the trash, I have a few suggestions. As regular readers of this blog may know, I don’t like to waste food and coffee grounds, in particular, have many other uses. So for my fellow java junkies, here are my top five tips for how to recycle the dregs from your coffee pot.
Treat Your Skin
Coffee grounds make a useful skin-softening scrub and because caffeine mildly enhances fat metabolism it may decrease the appearance of cellulite (I learned this tip from the Dr. Oz show)
Make a scrub with
- 1/2 cup coffee grounds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Coconut oil
Then in the shower rub the scrub into your skin, massage for a few minutes, and then rinse off.
Cover up furniture scratches
Mix coffee grounds with enough warm water to form a paste and then using a Q tip apply it to scratches on wooden furniture.
Feed your plants
Acid loving plants like coffee a lot, so add your used grounds to the soil around hydrangeas, azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias.
Grow some carrots
Carrots and radishes have tiny seeds, which makes them hard to sow. Mixing them with coffee grounds adds some bulk and makes the task much easier and the veggies seem to thrive on the coffee too.
Antagonize some ants
Sprinkle coffee grounds wherever you have an ant problem and it’ll keep them at bay.