There many uses for coffee grounds that can aid us and the environment in our day to day lives.
Here are some examples:
Keep some coffee grounds in a small container under the sink (or mixed in with hand liquid soap). When you chop an onion or fresh garlic, take a small amount, rub it over your hands and rinse. This eliminates the harsh odour from your hands.
Mix equal parts of old coffee grounds and bicarbonate of soda. Use this to scour away grease and grime from your pots and pans. Rinse thoroughly. Don't use this on surfaces that can stain. Coffee after all is used as a dye.
Place a bowl of dry coffee grounds in your fridge or freezer to remove unwanted odours.
Take fresh ground coffee and wrap the grounds in foil. Place the packet in your fire the next time you want to add some lovely smoky flavor to your meat braai. Adding a tablespoon of fresh coffee grounds to meat marinades will also tenderize the meat and give it a mild smokiness.
Dip a cottonwool bud into concentrated coffee grounds and dab on scratches in dark wood furniture to minimize them. First test in an inconspicuous area .
Create a wonderful Exfoliating Scrub. The caffeine in coffee helps stimulate skin cells and promotes healthier, tighter skin. Simply add Coconut oil, Vitamin E oil or Jojoba oil to coffee grounds and massage it on in the shower.
Keep the neighbors cats out of your garden by sprinkling a mix of orange peels and coffee grounds around any plants they’re attracted to.
After bathing your dog, rub coffee grounds through their coat. Coffee grounds are said to repel fleas. As with ants, fleas dislike the smell of coffee.
You can use your old coffee grounds as mulch for plants that love acid, such as, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, camellias, and hydrangeas. Spreading around a thin layer of coffee grounds on your soil will allow a slow release of the nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other trace minerals into your plants.
To give your carrots a boost of energy, mix their seeds with dried coffee grounds before sowing. This acts as a seed disperser keeping your seeds spread out when sowing by hand and also helps keep nasty pests away.
Grow mushrooms on old coffee grounds by using mushroom spawn and a bucket of coffee grounds.