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Coffee grounds: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Coffee does wonders to wake us up in the morning and even gives us an afternoon pick me up, but did you know your used grounds are good for so much more than going into the trash? Used coffee grounds can be used for various gardening, cleaning and health and beauty purposes. Below we have listed some of our favorite ways to reuse our old coffee grounds.

  1. Fertilize your garden
    • Because of coffees high acidity, it benefits acid loving plants. Plants such as hydrangeas, azaleas, and roses all thrive in more acidic soil. You can find a more detailed list of acid loving plants here.
  2. Repel pests
    • To repel pets from your garden, simply sprinkle old coffee grounds around your plants. This will help protect your plants from harmful pests such as ants, snails and slugs.
  3. Garbage disposal cleaner
    • You can make neat little pods out of used coffee grounds to help eliminate odor from your garbage disposal and sharpen your blades. You can find the recipe here.
  4. Scouring pots
    • Because coffee is naturally abrasive and high in acidity it is a good household item for scouring dirty pots and pans. Simply use a few teaspoons with a rag or steel wool to effectively scour away.
  5. Face mask
    • Coffee is a great ingredient in face masks for many reasons. Because of its caffeine content, it revives your skin making it glow as well as brighten dark spots and even your complexion. This mask will leave your face clean, exfoliated, and glowing.
  6. Cellulite buster
    • Coffee is great on your face and even better for troublesome cellulite spots! Unlike most quick fixes that you find on the internet, coffee has proven that it is the most effective and natural remedy for cellulite. Studies have shown that using a coffee scrub on trouble spots for ten minutes twice a week will dramatically improve the look of cellulite in four weeks. Check out this simple but effective coffee scrub here.
  7. Flea bath for dogs
    • You can help repel fleas by adding a teaspoon of coffee grounds to your dog’s shampoo.