How to re-use your old coffee grounds

If you're a coffee lover, chances are you have a stash of old coffee grounds sitting in your kitchen. Don't toss them in the bin just yet! There are plenty of ways to reuse and repurpose those grounds, both inside and outside of the home. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Fertilise your plants: Coffee grounds are a great source of nitrogen, which is an essential nutrient for plant growth. Mix them into your soil or compost, or sprinkle them around the base of your plants. Just be sure to use them sparingly, as too much can lead to an excess of nitrogen and a corresponding deficiency of other important nutrients.

  2. Deodorising your fridge: If your fridge has a funky smell, try placing a bowl of coffee grounds inside. The grounds will absorb odors, leaving your fridge smelling fresh and clean.

  3. Exfoliate your skin: Mix coffee grounds with a little bit of water and use the paste to scrub away dead skin cells. The grounds will provide a gentle exfoliation, leaving your skin smooth and refreshed.

  4. Repel pests: Slugs and snails aren't fans of coffee grounds, so scatter some around your plants to keep them at bay. You can also mix the grounds with water and spray the mixture around the perimeter of your garden to keep pests away.

  5. Clean your hands: Coffee grounds can be abrasive, making them an effective (and natural) way to scrub away dirt and grime from your hands. Simply mix the grounds with a little bit of water and scrub away.

  6. Absorb oil spills: If you have an oil spill in your garage or driveway, sprinkle some coffee grounds over the affected area. The grounds will absorb the oil, making it easier to clean up.

  7. Make a face mask: Mix coffee grounds with a little bit of honey and yogurt to create a nourishing face mask. The grounds will exfoliate your skin, while the honey and yogurt will moisturise and nourish it.

These are just a few of the many ways you can reuse and repurpose old coffee grounds. So before you toss them in the trash, think about how you can put them to good use!