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Reduce waste by reusing your coffee grounds throughout the home

Everyone loves a cup of coffee in the morning. Or perhaps five cups of coffee. If you haven’t made the switch over the Keurig and aren’t using K-Cups yet, you could end up with a lot of leftover coffee grounds. Here are a few ideas for reusing those grounds instead of throwing them away and making more waste.

Use to deodorize your refrigerator
Put some leftover grounds in a jar and place it in your refrigerator or freezer. The grounds will neutralize the odors there from leftover or rotten food.

Repel Insects
Place coffee grounds in a ring around plants and flowers to repel ants and slugs and keep them from eating your plants.

Give paper an antique look
Put grounds in a dish of water and let paper or stationary soak in the mixture for a minute or two. Once the color has changed to where you want it, wipe off the grounds from the paper and let it dry. You could even burn the edges of the paper with a lighter to give it a really old look.

Exfoliate and Scrub Hands
Rub some coffee grounds on your hands as you are washing them to use to exfoliate and remove dead skin. The grounds will also help to cut away at smells such as onions, garlic, and fish.

Clean Dishes
Use coffee grounds while you are washing dishes to help cut away at stuck on grease and food on pans. Put the grounds in the pan with some water and use a sponge to scrub them.

Grow Blue Hydrangeas
Use coffee grounds in the soil while you are growing hydrangeas to decrease the pH levels, thereby increasing the blue pigment in your flowers.

Improve Compost
While making compost, add in coffee grounds to help add nitrogen to the mixture and improve your compost.

Make a better pin cushion
Fill your pin cushion with coffee grounds. They will help the needles not to rust after years of use. Plus who wouldn’t love to smell coffee grounds while sewing.

Clean Your Fireplace
If the dust gets to you while you are cleaning out your fireplace, add some damp coffee grounds to it and it will help cut down on the dust as you are sweeping.

Make Garbage Disposal Cleaner
By using just coffee grounds, vanilla, Epsom salt, baking soda, and vinegar, you can make some garbage disposal cleaning pods to help freshen your disposal and leave it smelling new again. The grounds will also help to sharpen the disposal blades.

Strip Oil from your Hair
Add coffee grounds to your shampoo to help strip oil buildup from your hair. The grounds can also darken your hair, so this technique is best used on brunettes.

Deice your Walkway
Sprinkle coffee grounds on your sidewalk in the winter to help break up the ice. The acid in the grounds help melt the ice quicker. Plus it’ll save you money from having to buy ice melt.

There are many other ways to reuse coffee grounds. Not a coffee drinker but still want try some of these ideas? Many coffee houses such as Starbucks will give away their used grounds to people to use in their homes for free. Just head to your local coffee house and ask for their grounds. Even if you use a Keurig, cut down on waste even further by buying reusable filter cups and putting your own grounds in the cups instead of always using K-Cups. That way you can also save the used grounds for these projects. Happy coffee drinking!

If you’d like more information on how you can use your coffee grounds in an economical way around the house, contact Papillion Sanitation with questions. You can contact us here.