How to Recycle Coffee

Drinking coffee is a daily activity for many people across the world. Whether you use an electric coffee maker, a French press, a Chemex brewer, or any other type of coffee brewing method, you may be wondering how you can avoid throwing all those spent coffee grounds into the garbage. The answer lies in composting.

Ground coffee is plant-based organic matter, and therefore can be allowed to decompose in a controlled setting, yielding a rich soil amendment while diverting material from landfills.

1. Odor Eater
Dry the grounds out on a cookie sheet and then put them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors. This also works well to get rid of Mothball smells from closets or campers!
Keep some grounds in a small can under the sink, then the next time you chop an onion or fresh garlic, scoop out a small amount, rub them over your hands and rinse. Odor gone!

2 Soften skin
Exfoliate with a body scrub made of coffee grounds, coconut oil and a little brown sugar. Gently massage it on in the shower, rinse, be soft.

3. Keep pests out of your garden
Noticing ants, slugs and other pests hanging around your garden? Sprinkle coffee grounds around problem areas to keep pests at bay. Spent coffee grounds are also fantastic cat repellents. So, if your kitty is using the garden as a restroom or fiddling with indoor houseplants, add a few tablespoons of coffee grounds around your plants to solve the problem.

4. Pour the coffee grounds over your outdoor soil.
Because coffee grounds work themselves into the soil so quickly, and because plants consume their available nutrients so readily, the grounds can actually be poured directly onto the ground outside.
This method of recycling coffee grounds is only appropriate if you own a piece of outdoor land. You should avoid dumping coffee grounds onto land that you do not own.
When doing this, avoid dumping the grounds so that they bury existing plant growth. Instead, consider pouring the grounds around the bases of trees, which are typically self-mulched and devoid of competing plant life already.

5. Use them to fertilize roses. 
Sprinkle coffee grounds on the soil around the stem of the rose bush (but not touching the plant).

6. Simplify fireplace cleaning
Before cleaning the fireplace, sprinkle with dampened used coffee grounds, which will weigh down the ash and thus eliminate clouds of smoke-flavored dust.

7. Encourage the carrots
To boost a carrot harvest, mix seeds with dried coffee grounds before sowing. The extra bulk makes the wee seeds easier to manage, while the coffee aroma can nourish the soil and help repel pests.

8. Deodorize your fridge
Skip buying baking soda for deodorizing your fridge, and use a small container filled with coffee grounds instead! For best results, allow your grounds to dry overnight on a baking sheet. Then pour into an open cup or food storage container and place in your fridge to kiss icky odors goodbye.

9. Whip up a coffee dye
You already know a splash of coffee can stain light-colored clothes. But have you ever thought of using your morning cup to create a homemade dye? To whip up a simple, natural and waste-free dye, steep used coffee grounds in hot water for 10 minutes or until the water turns to a medium-brown color. Then remove the grounds with a mesh strainer, reserving your dye for later use. Use finished dye to add a lovely light brown color to white clothing and linens, or craft it up by coloring paper and even Easter eggs with your DIY dye. A similar concoction can also be used to darken your hair over time for a subtle change that’s as easy on your tresses as it is on the environment.

10. Highlight Hair Naturally.
 Brunettes and darker redheads can turn up the shine in their hair by rinsing dry, clean hair with strong, cooled coffee. Steep used coffee grounds in 2 cups hot water for 15 minutes or so and then rinse through hair for a darker, more vibrant shine. You can also pour 1-2 tablespoons straight into your conditioner. Not recommended for blonde or silver hair.

Do not use coffee grounds to unclog your sink, as they may actually clog it by adhering to any grease in the pipes.

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