How to (re)use Ground Coffee Grounds


That in nature “nothing is created, nothing is destroyed but everything is transformed” we have always known but that even ground coffee grounds can be transformed and thus reused is not known to everyone. 

But how can coffee grounds be transformed into useful products instead of throwing them in the trash? In the following article we will reveal to you many alternative uses, some really surprising, of the so-called coffee “grounds.”

Coffee grounds allies of your beauty

Coffee is a mine of antioxidant substances, many of which remain intact and still active even in the grounds, which precisely for this reason can be valuable allies in your beauty routine. Wandering around the shelves of supermarkets and perfumeries you will surely have come across coffee-based anti-cellulite products, so why not use coffee grounds for your own personal line of completely organic anti-cellulite products.

For example, by mixing the remains of ground coffee with oil (preferably almond, olive or coconut oil, which gives elasticity to the tissues) and brown sugar you will obtain a mixture that massaged regularly on the areas that are the sites of cellulite blemishes will help make your skin smoother and firmer. 

Replacing the sugar with salt instead, here you will have prepared your perfect body scrub for all those areas such as elbows, knees and heels that tend more easily to crack and become rough. This scrub can also be used on the nose and chin to remove blackheads from the T-zone of the face. 

And what about the fantastic coffee grounds mask perfect for giving shine to the skin of the face, how to do it? Very simply you just need to mix 2 tablespoons of leftover ground coffee obtained from the remains of the mocha, 1 tablespoon of bitter cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of yogurt (or even milk) and 1 tablespoon of honey. This mask should be applied to well-cleansed, even damp, facial skin, left on for 15-20 minutes and then rinsed off with plenty of lukewarm water.

Coffee is also extremely effective in eliminating odors, therefore, you can use it to remove the strong smell of garlic, onion and fish after cooking, you will simply rub it on your hands or, if you like to make soap at home, all you need to do is add a couple of tablespoons of coffee grounds to the other ingredients to have fantastic odor-free soaps.

How to reuse coffee grounds in the garden

The vegetable garden and the garden are other places where coffee grounds come in particularly handy for their many uses. Certainly ground coffee grounds are perfect for fertilizing plants and flowers especially those, such as roses, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, that prefer acidic soils.

By adding coffee to the soil, the flowers will draw more nourishment and will be beautiful and vigorous enough that your garden will make all your neighbors envious. In addition, coffee is rich in minerals such as potassium, copper, phosphorus and magnesium that are very useful for improving the characteristics of compost without having to resort to the use of chemicals. 

Your vegetable garden is “infested” with slugs but for your organic crops you do not want to resort to the use of pesticides? do not despair, even in this case coffee grounds are the right solution for you! All you will need is a good amount of coffee grounds that you will use to sprinkle the edges of your vegetable garden. This simple trick will be enough to keep your crops safe from the action of slugs and also many insects especially ants.

Coffee grounds and house cleaning

Even in the home, coffee grounds can prove to be valuable allies for household chores. Do you want some examples? As already seen for the garden, even in the home, sprinkling some coffee grounds powder on window and balcony sills will help you keep ants away.

In the case of stubborn dirt and hard-to-remove encrustations, it will be enough to take some coffee grounds and put them on a damp sponge along with some detergent and rub gently on the surfaces to be cleaned, you will see that with just one wipe even the most difficult dirt will be a distant memory.

The anti-odor action of coffee can be very useful to absorb the bad odors that inevitably occur in the refrigerator, how to do it? very simple! just fill with coffee grounds a small container (a coffee cup or small glass) that will simply be placed on one of the shelves of the refrigerator and left there for 2-3 days. The same system can also be used to absorb odors in shoe cabinets, basement or attic.

So, do you still think that throwing away coffee grounds is a good idea?