Do you throw out your old coffee grounds? Here are 9 reasons why you shouldn’t!

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Did you know you could do this many things with old coffee grounds?

We wouldn’t know what to do without our daily cups of coffee, especially that very first one in the morning. There would definitely be a bit of a problem with waking up, that’s for sure. Did you know most people drink about two or three cups of coffee a day?

But what do they do with their coffee grounds?

Stuff of miracles
Unfortunately, most people throw them in the bin, which is understandable, of course. But there are so many things you could do with those grounds around your home and garden! We’ve compiled a list of all the useful things to do with old coffee grounds.

  1. Fertiliser: Coffee grounds turn out to work great as fertiliser, especially when it comes to irrigation and retaining water in the soil. Rainworms are attracted to it and they, in turn, are good for flowers and plants. It’s a win-win situation for your garden!
  2. Nuisance: Those coffee grounds are well suited to combat all kinds of animal nuisances. An example would be slugs and snails, but also cats. Just scatter some grounds in the vicinity of your home and you’ll notice unwanted animals will stay away.
  3. Carrots: If you mix carrot seeds with coffee grounds before planting them, you’ll see your carrots will grow bigger and thicker. This will appeal to anyone with a green thumb and their own vegetable patch, right?
  4. Caked or burned foods: You know the deal; those extremely nasty, greasy pots and pans. Coffee grounds are a great solution to cleaning them!
  5. Smells: Does your fridge have a weird smell? You can get rid of it by drying some coffee grounds and placing them in a small bowl. Put this bowl on a shelf in your fridge and you’ll notice the nasty smell will disappear. You can also use this method for a smelly drain. Use some dried grounds as an air freshener and your drain will smell fresh again!
  6. Cheap soap: This might sound a little weird, but old coffee grounds are a great substitute for soap. It gets rid of smells, which is useful if you’ve just cut garlic or onion, and it makes your hands nice and soft.
  7. Damaged wood: Did you know you can cover up gaps in wooden furniture made with dark wood with some coffee grounds? It sounds far-fetched, but it’s true; give it a try!
  8. Fireplace: If you’ve got a working fireplace, you’ll probably be using it right about now, with Christmas around the corner. The downside of a fireplace is that it can cause a bit of a mess. If you place some old coffee grounds on the bottom of your fireplace you’ll make sure the ash doesn’t get everywhere.
  9. Soft skin: Coffee contains all kinds of antioxidants and, of course, caffeine. Those things are very good for your hands, so you can use coffee grounds to make your hands stay nice and soft.

It’s truly the stuff of miracles! We’ll think twice before throwing our old coffee grounds in the bin!

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Source: Gezonder Leven | Image: Pixabay