As it turns out, that daily cup of coffee is good for more than just a morning pick-me-up. We’ve rounded up some fun and surprising uses for coffee grounds—you know, in case you needed another reason (or seven) to worship the stuff.
Deodorise your fridge
Spread coffee grounds out on a cookie sheet and allow them to dry, then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors. This also works well to get rid of mothball smells from closets!
Make an exfoliating scrub
You may have seen the coffee scrub trend on the internet, though the main ingredients of these exfoliating scrubs are just coconut oil and coffee grounds. So next time you’re in need of a nourishing scrub you got an DIY option to mix some dried, used grounds with coconut oil and you got your Scrub ready.
You might love the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee, but pests do not. Sprinkle coffee grounds whenever you need to scare away ants, snails or slugs. These critters are offended by the strong smell, so this is an easy, waste-free way to keep them off your property.
The coarse texture of coffee grounds is ideal for scraping dishes clean and removing caked-on food bits from your favorite pots and pans. To put those leftovers to good use, simply sprinkle them directly onto your cookware and scrub with a soft sponge or brush. Make sure to rinse thoroughly afterward (unless you like the taste of coffee-flavored scrambled eggs, that is).
Arts and Crafts
If you want to give craft paper a more antique look, try staining it with coffee grounds. In fact, coffee grounds will help you stain a lot of arts and crafts projects in a way that makes them look naturally aged.
Fertilize Your Garden
As plants grow, they absorb nutrients from the soil, ultimately leaving it depleted. Thus, most gardens need to be fertilized frequently to ensure that plants have the nourishment they need to survive. Coffee grounds contain several key minerals for plant growth — nitrogen,iron, phosphorus, magnesium and chromium. They may also help absorb heavy metals that can contaminate soil.
What’s more? Coffee grounds help attract worms, which are great for your garden. To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, simply sprinkle them onto the soil surrounding your plants, but make sure you don’t overdo it. A little boost is all they need!
Put coffee grounds in your compost bin. Coffee grounds are approximately 1.45 percent nitrogen. They also contain magnesium, calcium, potassium, and other trace minerals. Other green compost materials include food scraps and grass clippings. Adding coffee grounds and used coffee paper filters to your compost will provide compost material quite nutritious for the compost to flourish.