Finding alternative uses for something that would otherwise be thrown in the trash is one way to start living a little greener and can be a lot of fun!
From fertilizing to exfoliating, here are ten alternative uses for coffee grounds:
Use coffee grounds as plant food. Certain plants such as rose bushes and evergreens that prefer acidic soil can really benefit from dumping your used coffee grounds in the dirt around them.
A new deodorizer in multiple ways. Deodorize your fridge by drying out the used coffee grounds then putting them in a bowl. They have the same effect as using baking soda! Or you can dump the grounds in your garbage disposal to neutralize any odor.
Introducing your new cat repellent! To keep outdoor cats from using your garden as their personal outhouse, sprinkle the grounds around your plants. I’ve heard it works and I’m not really sure but it is definitely worth a shot.
Use coffee grounds as a dust inhibitor. Before you clean out your fireplace this winter, toss wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep the dust from the ashes under control.
Need something dyed brown? Steep grounds in hot water and you can make brown dye for just about anything, including paper and fabric!
Rid the scratches. Similar to dying fabric or paper, steep grounds and apply a bit of the liquid to your scratched wood furniture using a cotton ball or Q-tip. It helps make those dings a little less noticeable.
Use coffee grounds to exfoliate for your skin. Just mix grounds with your body wash.
Here’s another beauty idea for the brunettes out there: Mix coffee grounds in with your shampoo to enhance the color of your hair.
And I had to save my favorite alternative coffee ground favorite for last. Let me state that I have not tried this and won’t try this, but for those of you who are willing to try a “different” remedy for cellulite, let us all know how it works!
Use coffee grounds to rid cellulite. Mix 1/4 cup of warm used coffee grounds and a tablespoon of olive oil. While standing over an old towel or newspaper, apply the mixture to your problem areas. Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave it on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush the loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. This recipe comes from DIY Maven, and they suggest repeating this process two times a week. Again, if you do try this out, please report back and let us know how it worked!