Coffee is a staple in most people’s diet. However, once the coffee has been made, the used coffee granules are often thrown away. Aside from being a great drink and most people’s wake up call, here are some fantastic ways to recycle coffee that will make you never throw your used coffee granules away again.
As Part of Your Beauty Routine
Coffee is an ingredient used in many beauty products at your local store. Known for containing antioxidants, coffee is a great choice for a facial toner which can brighten dull skin complexions and reduce bags under the eyes.
Coffee is also fantastic at stimulating skin cells so can be used to create a refreshing exfoliating scrub. The video below demonstrates how to easily create a scrub that can be used all over the body to reduce acne and cellulite using only coffee grounds, olive oil and brown sugar.
It can also be used to stimulate hair growth due to its caffeine content. The caffeine is said to stimulate hair follicles and therefore aid growth and help to tackle hair loss. The video below showcases a simple and affordable way to create a coffee based hair mask that focuses on promoting hair growth.
Around The Home and Garden
Coffee is well known for making an excellent fertilizer for plants. Once it has composted for 98 days or more, its potassium and nitrogen contents are extremely beneficial in aiding plant growth. Coffee grounds can also be used in your garden to repel common pests such as slugs, snails and ants by placing the used grounds around your garden. The video below even demonstrates how to effectively burn used coffee grounds to repel mosquitos.
Inside, coffee grounds can be used to create an impressive abrasive cleaner by mixing them with baking soda and a way of restoring slightly damaged wooden furniture (from scratches or marks) when mixed with olive oil.
In The Kitchen
Coffee grounds can be used to season meat, creating delicious and unique dishes. Once mixed with flavorful ingredients such as paprika, garlic, oregano, pepper or cayenne, used coffee grounds can make a tasty seasoning.
Desserts such as cookies, cakes and brownies can be made in mouth-watering coffee flavors. You can add as much or as little used coffee grounds into the mix as you desire, depending on how strong you want the flavour to be.