5 amazing Zero Waste ways to reuse coffee grounds
This is one of those things I had no idea about, but when I found out about the many ways I could re-use old coffee grounds there was no question I would never throw them out again.
Before we start, I’m extremely proud to tell you that Mark and myself have decided to ditch our Nespresso machine (under our Zero Waste ethos) and we successfully moved onto ground coffee. We purchased 2 different sizes of French Press Cafetiere from John Lewis that are now solid contributors to our mornings. With this new little habit, we are left with lots of used coffee grounds that have many practical uses around the home and garden and can even help spruce up my beauty routine.
If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’m obsessed with DIY solutions. My All-Purpose Cleaning Spray is something I swear by, but I’ve recently discovered that coffee grounds can also help remove buildup on hard-to-clean surfaces. They may even help sanitize due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties! So, if you like to avoid cleaning with chemicals just like I do, used coffee grounds might be worth a try. Use them to scour your sink, polish your cookware or clean your grill.
Just be careful not to use them on any kind of porous material, as they can cause brown stains.
2. Exfoliate your skin
The coarse particles in coffee grounds work as an exfoliating agent to help remove dirt and dead cells from the skin. Simply mix coffee grounds with a little bit of water or coconut oil and scrub them with your hands directly onto your face and body.
Coffee grounds can also be mixed with a small amount of honey and used as an exfoliating lip scrub. It can also increase blood flow, which aids in overall skin health.
If you want to pair your coffee ground exercise with a little something for your face, check out dry Face Brush that helps after cleansing to exfoliate and boost circulation and lymphatic drainage, helping to depuff and define the face.
3. Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite
Cellulite is a condition that gives the skin a dimpled, lumpy appearance. It affects about 80–90% of adult women. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue under your skin and is commonly seen in the buttocks and thighs.
When caffeine such as that in coffee grounds is applied topically, it may help break down this fat and increase blood flow to the area, thus decreasing the appearance of cellulite. Simply mix grounds with water or coconut oil and scrub for 10 minutes twice weekly on any areas affected by cellulite.
If you own wooden furniture, you’ve probably noticed it can be easily scuffed and scratched. Various products can help minimize the appearance of scratches, but before you run to the store, you might want to give coffee grounds a try.
First, make a thick paste with used coffee grounds and water
5. Fertilise your garden
Most soil does not contain the essential nutrients needed for optimal plant growth. Also, as plants grow, they absorb nutrients from the soil, ultimately leaving it depleted. Thus, most gardens need to be fertilized to ensure that plants have the nourishment they need to survive.
Coffee grounds contain several key minerals for plant growth — nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and chromium.
To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, simply sprinkle them onto the soil surrounding your plants.
The Bottom Line
Most people discard the grounds left behind after brewing coffee. However, there are many great ways to reuse them. The caffeine and antioxidants in coffee grounds may help combat cellulite, under-eye circles and other signs of aging skin.
Coffee grounds are also packed with nutrients that can nourish plants and deter pests in your garden. Furthermore, their abrasiveness makes them a great cleaning scrub around the house.
Next time you brew yourself a cup of coffee, consider repurposing the grounds using one of the ideas.
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