Coffee is good for more than a jolt of energy in the morning. You can take coffee a step further by reusing your coffee grounds long after your cup of joe is gone.
In this video, Household Hacker identifies eight smart ways you can reuse coffee grounds around your home and garden. Here’s what they came up with.
1. Odor Absorber
Spread your used coffee grounds out on a baking sheet and let them dry. After they’re dry, pour them into an empty glass or bowl and place in the back of your refrigerator. They’ll absorb odors just like baking soda.
2. Hand Deodorizer
If you’re chopping onions or garlic, you can easily clean off the oils and odor from your hands by keeping a small bowl of coffee grounds by the sink. Just rub the coffee grounds over your hands under running water and scrub.
3. Hand Cleaner
Combine a cup of used, dry coffee grounds with a cup of coarse sea salt and mix with a cup of coconut oil and keep it in a bowl by the sink. It’s a powerful hand cleaner that will clean off the toughest stains and grease on your hands.
4. Pot Scrubber
Add a handful of coffee grounds to your pots and pans the next time you do dishes and scrub them around. They’ll clean off burnt-on foods and cut through grease and grime.
5. Counter and Stove Surface Cleaner
Dab some used coffee grounds on a wet washcloth and use them to scrub off drips and dried spills and grease from stovetops and countertop surfaces.
6. Deter Garden Pests
Sprinkle coffee grounds on and around your plants in the garden and in pots and repel ants, aphids and even slugs. And as you’ll see in our next idea the coffee grounds are good for the plants too.
Coffee grounds are high in nitrogen and are acidic, so they make a great garden fertilizer. You can work them into the soil around plants or add them to your compost heap to enrich the nutrients.
8. Scented Candles
Melt some wax from old candles and pour the wax into a glass jar with a wick. As you fill the jar with wax, layer the wax with coffee grounds and stir gently as you go. Dust the top of the wax with a final layer of coffee grounds and fill your house with the smell of fresh-brewed coffee all day long.
To learn more details on how to do these things, watch the video below.