The Tip Jar- Don’t throw those away!

Saturday June 5, 2010

I wonder how many pounds of used coffee grounds are thrown away each day…  Coffee grounds smile

Did you know that coffee grounds have many uses after they’ve provided you with a cup of coffee? 

Here are 10 ideas to get you started:


1.   Let’s start with the most widely known use of grounds:  gardening and composting.  I’ve seen many coffee shops offer their used grounds to customers for use in gardens.  Plants thrive in acidic soil and the worms in your composting pile will love it.  Evenly work the grounds in around plants and watch them grow!

2.   Keep away the pests.  Coffee grounds in gardens will help deter slugs, snails, and cats (not in the garden, kitty!).  Keep ants at bay by sprinkling grounds across door entries, anthills, etc.

3.   Deodorize your fridge or freezer.  Keep a small bowl of grounds in your refrigerator/freezer to absorb unpleasant odors.  You can also make deodorizing sachets to hang in closets by drying coffee grounds on a cookie sheet and tying them up in cheesecloth.

5.   Rub coffee grounds on your pet before bathing to repel any fleas. The grounds also soften your pet’s fur, giving it a nice sheen.  I’m not sure if this is a good idea for white or light colored pets (see #6).




6.   For brunettes, soften and add shine to hair. When washing your hair, rub coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse.  Add depth and dimension to dark hair, and some also claim that coffee acts as a natural dye to infuse brown color back into white or gray hair.  Grounds may discolor or stain lighter or blonde hair. 

7.   Exfoliate your skin.  Add grounds to your favorite cleanser or rub wet grounds directly into skin and rinse.

8.   Fight cellulite and varicose veins.  That’s right, the caffeine in your used grounds can help improve the look of cellulite and varicose veins.  Here are a couple of recipes and application instructions:    



    - Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds and one tablespoon of olive oil.  While standing over an old towel or newspaper, apply the mixture to your problem areas. Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week. 


     - Mix 2 cups of coffee grounds, ½ cup raw sugar or sea salt, and 1 tbsp of olive oil/vitamin E oil/or massage oil.  Massage intSteak shot by Robert S. Donovano problem areas before showering and rinse.


9.   Touch up furniture scratches.  Add a little water to grounds and dab mixture on scratch with a q-tip.  For that matter, mix with water and use for dying paper, fabric, etc.

10. Use as a meat tenderizer.  Mix about one-half cup of grounds with your other favorite seasonings.   Dump about ½ of the mixture into about cup of olive oil and mix thoroughly. Put the meat into the marinade mixture. Rub half of the remaining coffee mixture on top of the meat and let sit for 15 minutes.  Repeat on other side.  Remove from the marinade and cook or grill as you please. 


What are your favorite coffee ground uses?  Let us know!

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