Coffee may be your favorite drink in the morning and you are probably familiar with its various health benefits. However, there is a wide range of uses of the leftover coffee grounds that you may never heard of.
Here are a handful of reasons not to toss your coffee grounds and to use them in the garden, for fertilizer, to deodorize, and more.
- Use as a Fertilizer
Coffee grounds are rich in nutrients that your acidic-loving plants crave. These nutrients will improve water retention and aeration and maintain beneficial microorganisms.
Fresh coffee grounds increase pH level of the soil and are a great source of nutritive nitrogen. It’s a better choice to use grounds from a drip coffeemaker than the boiled grounds from a percolator, since they are richer in nitrogen
Use your leftover coffee grounds to fertilize rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias.
- Repel Pests
Protect your plants from destructive garden pets such as snails, slugs and ants by simply sprinkling coffee grounds around them. The combination of old coffee grounds and orange peels has proved to be effective in keeping mammals like cats away from your plants.
- Use in Compost
Apart from being an amazing natural fertilizer, coffee grounds also strengthen garden compost with trace elements. The extra phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen content in the grounds helps the plants convert sunlight into energy. Hence, coffee grounds are a nutritious addition to your garden compost.
4.Absorb Food Odors
Sometimes your fridge can have a strong food odor that is not very pleasing. You can absorb this odor by using a small container filled up with coffee grounds. Place the container at the back of your fridge and use it for couple of weeks until you replace the coffee grounds again.
- Make Homemade Candles
Don’t waste money on expensive candles. Instead, do your own candle using coffee grounds. What should you do ?
! First, melt a cup of beeswax. Put the candlewick and a tablespoon of coffee grounds in the base of the glass jar, pour half of the beeswax, and let it harden. Sprinkle a second layer of coffee grounds, pour the remaining beeswax, and let cool. Your kitchen will smell like a freshly brewed coffee all the time.
- Clean the Fireplace
Yes, you can also clean your fireplace by using coffee grounds. Before you start cleaning the ashes out of your fireplace, simply sprinkle them with wet coffee grounds. In this way you will remove ashes easily, and the dust and ashes won’t pollute the atmosphere of the room.
- Grow Hearty Carrots
We have already mentioned about the nutritive nature of coffee grounds when it comes to the soil. They have the ability to protect against root maggots and ground bugs and carrots are really fond of them.
- Use as a Natural Abrasive
Sprinkle some used coffee grounds onto some old cloth you don’t use anymore to scrub away stuck-on food from counters or dishes. Although used grounds are abrasive, they aren’t so harsh that they will damage the surfaces in your kitchen.
- Create a Weathered Wood Table
Used coffee grounds create a weathered wood table! Mix a tablespoon of coffee grounds with white vinegar and steel wool. Leave it for 24 hours and then scrub the wood table with the coffee-vinegar-dipped steel wool. Wipe off any excess grounds and you are all set.
- Use as a Seasoning
It may sound strange but coffee grounds add smoky depth to grilled veggies and meat. You can prepare your own seasoning using coffee grounds:
Mix a tablespoon of garlic powder, a teaspoon of oregano, ¼ cup of coffee grounds, a tablespoon of paprika, a teaspoon of sea salt, half a teaspoon cayenne and half a teaspoon black pepper.