With a large part of the population consuming at least two to three cups of Coffee & nuts a day, we are left with so much coffee grounds heading for a trip to the trash can. This calls for a recycling plan.
Coffee grounds hardly play an important role in our daily lives, but with a little experimentation and much determination, one can find ways to make use of this seemingly useless substance.
The following are some ways to make use of leftover coffee grounds.
- They can be used to help keep the kitchen drains free from any unpleasant odor. Pour about 1/2 cup of used coffee grounds down the drain and follow it up with about 5 cups of boiling water. The grounds are pushed by the hot water avoiding any clogs. This procedure ensures a fresh-smelling drain that lasts for about a week or so.
- Used coffee grounds are good sources of brown dye for any kind of materials such as paper, cloth and even eggs for Easter celebrations. One can simply band the coffee grounds in a filter or nylon, soak them in 2 cups of hot water for about 5 to 10 minutes and the dye is ready for the job at hand. The amount of water, as well as the number of grounds used, can be simply increased when dealing with large pieces of fabric. Unwanted blemishes and stains on brown-colored furniture are unsightly. They may also be covered by this dye.
- Coffee grounds are also good cleaning agents for stuff like pots and stained ashtrays. They have the capacity for the toughest dirt because of their quite abrasive and acidic nature. Mixed with a little amount of water, they are then used as a solution for scrubbing any dirty articles.
- Since cats dislike the smell of coffee as well as any citrus smells, one can combine the two and place the mixture in places where the pet cat is not supposed to go. This works for ants as well as other pests inside and outside the house.
- They are good fertilizers. Coffee grounds help up with the growth of different plants especially radishes and carrots. Before they are planted, the seeds of these plants are mixed with used coffee grounds. While helping make the radishes and carrots grow, the coffee grounds that are planted along with the plants’ seeds, also drives away any underground pests that are attracted to the plant.
- Used coffee grounds can be used as deodorizers since they trap unwanted odors without losing the unmistakable coffee aroma. One can easily dry them on a cookie sheet or foil and place them in an old but clean pantyhose. This is placed in closets or any other areas that need a breath of fresh smell. The result lasts for about a few weeks to a whole month.
- One’s hair can also benefit from coffee grounds since they can enhance the color of black and brown hair and can also make hair shine like no other. Rubbing the grounds on the scalp is also useful to make the skin healthier and to avoid dandruff as well. It is advisable to do this rubbing in between shampooing and conditioning to ensure that the hair and scalp is cleansed off the grounds. The same thing works for a dog’s hair.
- When cleaning the fireplace, apply a good amount of wet grounds over the ashes and soot. The grounds are going to soak up the dust, so there is less mess when cleaning the fireplace. This also helps make the task lighter for the cleaner.
- Start a mushroom growing project. Get ahold of inoculated mushroom plugs that are manufactured by such companies as Fungi Perfecti, LLC. Every time you finish drinking a cup of coffee or two, pour the wet grounds in the pot and push one of the mushroom plugs into the grounds. Keep doing this every time you drink coffee. Mushrooms are going to start growing after a few days.
- Leftover coffee grounds can be used as a meat tenderizer. All that needs to be done is to soak the meat in it. Fresh grounds can also be added to chocolate cakes and brownies for a new and different flavor. Any grounds can be used, but fresh ones give a stronger and fresher taste to the dessert.
More and more uses for coffee grounds are being developed and discovered. One of these is the possibility of fuel derived from coffee grounds. Coffee might be the next century’s oil.