Do you know more than 6 million tonnes of coffee ground end in the landfill every year? Even as a home barista, you have been wasting good valuable coffee grounds if you have been tossing them away after brewing that perfect cup of coffee. Used coffee grounds are still packed with nutrients and there are multiple ways you can use them around the house.
Without further ado, here are 7 ingenious ways you can do to recycle used coffee grounds.
1. Used as Fertilizer in the Garden
Coffee grounds contain important minerals like nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and chromium for healthy soil and plant growth.
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Coffee grounds can also be used to attract worms and decrease the number of heavy metals in the soil. Simply sprinkle them around the plants. Or mix it up with leaves and wood ash to make it into a more complex fertilizer.
2. Used as a Pest Repellent
Due to its high concentration of caffeine, used coffee grounds are actually toxic to many insects. Set up a bowl or sprinkle wherever is left after brewing your coffee around the sitting area to repel mosquitos and fruit flies. If you want to protect your plants against annoying ants, snails, and slugs, simply scatter used coffee ground around the garden.
3. Used as a Natural Cleaner in the Kitchen
Coffee grounds are a good alternative to chemical cleaning products. Use them to scrub buildup on pots and pans and hard-to-clean surfaces of your grill and sink. They aren’t harsh and they won’t damage your kitchen. However, coffee grounds can clog drains. Always remember to use a fine mesh drain basket before you start scrubbing.
4. Used to Neutralize Odors
Use dry coffee grounds anywhere that may need some deodorizing and absorbing odors: in smelly shoes, gym bag, bedroom drawers, under your car seat, in the fridge. Used coffee can even deal with the lingering smell of your hands after chopping garlic or onions. So keep it by the sink and wash your hands with it.
5. Used in Cooking
Used coffee grounds can be great when used as a cooking ingredient. They can be added to marinades and used to help tenderize meat. One of our favorite recipes is to rub coffee grounds with some salt and pepper on our steaks. They can also be used to add flavor for baking such as cookies, brownies and chocolate cakes.
6. Used for Skin Care
Spent coffee have some fantastic health benefits for your skin. Simply mix coffee grounds with a little bit of water or coconut oil and scrub your skin from head to foot to remove all of the dead skin cells. It works just like as a body scrub and you can even use it for antioxidant facial care. It helps to prevent aging, reduce dark under-eye circles and protect the skin from sun damage.
7. Stimulate Hair Growth
If you have hair loss problems, we are sure you must be familiar with caffeine infused shampoo in Watsons and Guardian outlet stores. Coffee grounds increase blood flow, stimulate hair growth and restore its natural healthy shine. Before you shampoo, massage used coffee into your hair for a few minutes, then wash and rinse as you normally would.
What do you think?
If you have been using the best beans in Singapore, consider recycling these grounds using some of the ideas shared in this article.
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