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5 tips on what to do with your used coffee grounds

Did you ever wonder what to do with your coffee grounds? Pressing water through it for roughly 30 seconds and then chucking them out seems a little short sighted to you? You are absolutely right. Coffee grounds can be used in many ways around your house (or any living arrangement really). Here are some tips on how your coffee grounds might turn out quite useful:

  1. Fertilizing your plants

Soil needs to be fertilized from time to time, so that the plants have enough nourishment to survive and grow. Coffee grounds are full of key minerals like nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium that help to keep the soil fertile.

Coffee grounds also help to keep away insects as it is highly toxic to some of them including mozzies, fruit flies and beetles.

If you don’t need the fertilizer right away you can also just compost it for later use. Don’t be selfish, let your plants participate from the delicious coffee you just had. 


  1. Neutralizing odors (especially in your fridge)

When nitrogen is combined with carbon, it eliminates gas from the air. Luckily, coffee grounds contain nitrogen, so it helps you to get rid of unwanted odors in your fridge. Just place a bowl of coffee grounds in your fridge, it helps to eliminate any smell from spills or smelly food.

You can also fill grounds into an old sock and put it in your gym bag or even under your car seat. Please use a washed sock for this.

Try to scrub your hands with coffee grounds after you chopped some garlic. It will remove the smell right away.

  1. Cleaning hard-to-clean surfaces

If you try to stay away from chemicals while cleaning you should give used coffee grounds a try. You can use it in your sink, pots and pans and even for your barbie.

  1. Cleansing your skin

Do you clean your face regularly? Well you should, but not with plastic enhanced face scrubs. Use some wet coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin. It removes dirt and dead skin cells better than anything else. Remaining oils in your grounds make your skin soft too!

  1. Exfoliating your scalp

Shampooing your hair dries your hair and your scalp. Dead skin cells should be removed to keep your hair shiny and your scalp from getting too greasy. So rub som wet coffee grounds into your wet hair and give your scalp a good scrub. This also stimulates blood flow. Maybe the caffeine and scrubbing also helps to support your hair growth.

A little tip: In case you don't believe us, check the picture. This is a bit messy, so don’t do it right after you cleaned your shower. But don’t let this scare you away, it feels sooooo good.

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