Recycled coffee grounds can save you time, money and help you avoid toxic fumes from commercial cleaning products. Below are ten ways to recycle coffee grounds and protect the environment.
- Mix the grounds with water to provide your houseplants with an "energized" drink. Plants need the nutrients found in coffee grounds, including nitrogen and potassium, both common ingredients in store-bought fertilizer. Using organic grounds will provide a healthier and happier plant environment!
- Sprinkle used grounds on your outdoor plants.
- Sprinkle a ring of used grounds around a tree or plantings to deter ants.
- Use slightly damp grounds on icy steps and sidewalks. The grounds stick to the ice, creating a safer walking surface.
- Pour a few grounds down your drains to gently scrape the sides of the pipes. Do not use if pipes are already slow draining or clogged.
- Use to scrub gunk off surfaces such as grills and greasy pans. Use wet or dry grounds.
- Keep a container of dried coffee grounds in a shaker near the kitchen sink. Use to scrub strong odors such as fish, garlic and onion, from your hands.
- Wet your face and scrub with one tablespoon coffee grounds. This is a gentle exfoliating wash for your face.
- Use steeped grounds and a cotton swab to touch up furniture scratches.
- Coffee grounds are a great addition to any compost pile. Just throw them into your compost bin, filter and all.
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