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Recycle your old coffee grounds

Apr 1, 2014 9:22:42 AM

Since leftover biscotti is never, ever a problem, we thought you might find this TOH article on uses for old coffee grounds helpful.

10 Uses for Coffee Grounds

  • coffee cup and coffee grounds

    What this Brew Leftover Can Do

    Once you've brewed your morning cup of joe, perk up around-the-house tasks with this surprisingly versatile leftover

  • smelly fridge

    1. Deodorize Your Fridge

    Place a bowl of dry grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors left by stale or spoiled food.

  • person scrubbing a dirty pan at the kitchen sink

    2. Clean Tools and Dishware

    Place a few teaspoons of grounds on a thin cleaning rag and use to scour away grease and grime. Finish with a thorough rinsing.

  • woman hiding furniture scratches with a cotton swab and leftover coffee grounds

    3. Hide Furniture Scratches

    Dip a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dab on scratches in dark wood furniture to minimize them. Just test in an inconspicuous area first.

  • woman dyeing paper stationary with old coffee grounds and water

    4. Give Paper an Antique Look

    Dip paper or sheets of stationery in a soupy mix of grounds and water; allow them to sit a minute or two, then let dry and brush off the grounds.

  • plants and shrubs in yard

    5. Repel Insects

    Mound grounds into a ring to create a protective border around plants that will ward off ants and slugs.

  • blue hydrangea

    6. Grow Blue Hydrangeas

    Work grounds into the soil at the base of mophead hydrangeas to increase the acidity level. This helps the shrubs absorb aluminum, which you can add to the soil to keep the flowers a vibrant blue.

  • ashes from fire

    7. Contain Ashes

    Sprinkle damp grounds on fireplace ashes to cut down on airborne dust as you sweep them up.

  • person washing hands

    8. Scrub Hands

    Rub a scoop of grounds between palms as an exfoliant to remove dead skin and help eliminate smells from foods like fish and garlic.

  • dead cockroach

    9. Make a Cockroach Trap

    Fill a can or jar with an inch or two of moistened coffee grounds, then line the container's neck with extra-sticky double-sided tape. The scent will draw the roaches into the trap.

  • person putting coffee grounds into plant soil

    10. Fortify Plants

    Give seedlings a nitrogen boost by stirring grounds into soil or a watering can.

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