9 Notable Ways to Reuse Coffee grounds – Red Bluff Daily News

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If you love your morning cup of Joe, there's a good chance you'll throw away coffee grounds regularly. Take a look at this list and you may discover more than a few ways you can recycle and reuse old soils so you can enjoy them again and again.

No coffee drinker? These days, local cafes offer their land for free. Find one near you and drop by to pick up one or two bags.

Smoke out mosquitoes


Coffee grounds are a safe and effective protection against pests, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The smoke from burning used ground coffee is particularly effective at sending away mosquitoes, as they are seriously repelled by the human's rather subtle odor.

Start with a completely dry coffee grounds. Place the bottom in a bowl or other flat surface lined with foil and light it with a match, as you would with incense. Add a few fresh bay leaves to reinforce your repellent. Place the container against the wind to set the fragrance in motion.


Caffeine and diterpenes in coffee grounds can be very toxic to insects, effectively deterring fruit flies, beetles and other pests. Sprinkle the flours in your garden to create a barrier snails do not like to crawl over.

Try to rid your dog of fleas by rubbing 1 to 2 cups of damp ground into your coat after bathing. Rinse well. This will kill fleas and make Fidos fur supple.


Ground coffee contains nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium as well as a variety of micronutrients. When coffee grounds are mixed with soil in your garden or indoor plants, it releases the nutrients as they decompose. This gives a good slow release fertilizer.


Coffee grounds attract worms that are ideal for your garden. If you enjoy fishing and have your own worm bed, you may already know that mature horse manure and coffee grounds are the richest and finest blend of worm bed. You will grow a powerful, fine bait when you start adding coffee grounds.


If you do not have time or do not need these depleted properties right now, compost them for a later date. Adding compost to your garden can greatly improve the health of your plants. Coffee grounds can help to increase nutrient content and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of your compost. A study found that compost from coffee grounds and kitchen waste is more nutritious than compost from waste. Another study found that compost with 40% coffee grounds provides the best compost quality.

Hand peeling and EXFOLIANT

This is so easy, but super effective, to cleanse and exfoliate hands after use in the garage or garden. Melt a piece of glycerin soap in a water bath over medium heat. After melting, stir in about 1/3 cup of old coffee grounds. Pour into a mold and allow to cool completely. Coffee grounds is a natural abrasive.


Coffee contains natural acids and enzymes that make the meat very tender. How? Add the bottom of your favorite dry massage. Grate the meat at least 2 hours before cooking. The soil is cooked together with the dry rubbed into the meat, creating a dark, crusty crust or "bark".


This study on humans and animals showed that applying caffeine to the skin increases blood flow and speeds hair growth. Here's the routine: Take a handful of coffee grounds before shampooing and massage into scalp and hair for a few minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual. Repeat at least twice a week.


Make a thick paste of used coffee grounds and water. Spread this paste on scratches on wooden furniture. Let it rest for about 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Notice how the coffee colored the exposed wood to make it less noticeable. Do you need it darker? Apply again until you are satisfied with the result.

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