Coffee grounds are only good to brew a great coffee once, but after giving you a delicious drink to enjoy they can also serve many other uses around the house! Here's our list of top uses for those used coffee grounds.
1. Snail & Slug Repellent
A great natural & chemical free way to deter those pesky snails & slugs from eating your plants! No more worries about pets eating snail bait, or poisons around your children. Simply sprinkle your used coffee grounds liberally around your troubled plants. The compounds in the coffee are not friendly to Snails & Slugs, meaning they will steer clear of your garden herbs and veges!
This also works well for ants, sprinkle grounds on ant mounds or trouble ant spots to send them packing.
2. Natural Fertiliser
Mix your used coffee grounds in the soil around plants that like acidity, hydrangeas, citrus, gardenias, camellias to name a few. Due to the added acidity, best to steer clear of plants that prefer alkaline soils.
Alternatively add a pinch of lime to the coffee to balance the pH levels to use as a general fertiliser.
3. Odour Neutraliser
For this one, spread your grounds onto a tray & allow them to dry out. Once dry, place into a bowl and put it in your refrigerator to absorb any nasty smells - much like you would with bi-carb soda.
Along the same lines, keep some dried out grounds around to rub into your hands after peeling onions or garlic to rid your hands of their potent smell.
4. Dust Suppressant
Sprinkle damp grounds into your dirty fireplace or over a dusty concrete floor before cleaning to assist in minimising airborne dust as you clean or sweep.
5. Kitty's Litter
This is a great one if your treasured cat (or the neighbours wandering kitty) like to use your garden as their litter box. Cats don't like smell of the coffee grounds or orange. Simply mix chopped orange peel with your coffee grounds & sprinkle around the areas of the garden you want them to avoid using as a toilet.
6. Pot Scrub
Throw some grounds into those stubborn cooked on pots next time they need a clean, as coffee is not soluble it will act as an abrasive to help remove those tough baked on foods. Mix with a little bicarb soda to assist in removing stains. Just be careful on items that may stain.
This forms my top 6 uses for used coffee grounds, not a big coffee drinker? Cafes have huge amounts of spent coffee left over after a days trade that usually just gets thrown out, stop by and ask if you can take some off their hands!!
How do you use your old coffee grounds, we would love to know - let us know in the comments below!
Edit: DIY Coffee Scrub
Here's a neat idea we found over at Miss Mystique's Blog a delicious do it yourself body scrub. Not only does it exfoliate your skin, it also carries other benefits like:
- Stimulating blood flow in the skin
- Assist in reduction of cellulite
Check out the post and video tutorial here: http://missmystique.com/videotutorials/2014/2/3/diy-coffee-body-scrub