Here are some practical uses for leftover used coffee grounds.
Finding multiple uses for things is a good habit to get into and benefits a lifestyle of frugal living and better self-sufficiency…
Deodorize your fridge. Place a bowl of dry grounds in your refrigerator or freezer to neutralize odors.
Clean dishes. As they’re slightly abrasive, place a few teaspoons of grounds on a thin cleaning rag and use to scour away grease and grime.
Repel ants. Mound grounds into a ring to create a protective border around plants that will ward off ants and slugs.
Fortify plants. Give seedlings a nitrogen boost by stirring grounds into soil or a watering can.
Compost bin. Coffee grounds add nutrients to your compost bin.
Kitty repellent. To keep kitty from using the garden as her personal powder room, sprinkle grounds mixed with orange peels around your plants.
Deepen flavors. Add a tablespoon of fresh grounds to meat marinades, it works as a tenderizer and adds mild smokiness. Just a little hint of coffee can put a unique flavor into foods like chili and chocolate cake.
Fisherman’s friend. If you like fishing and have a worm-bed at home, add coffee grounds! You’ll grow some nice fat ones for fishing.
Dog fleas. After bathing your dog, rub 1 to 2 cups of old coffee grounds into his fur and rinse well. It will apparently repel/kill fleas.
Frozen coffee slush. Stretch the money you spent on coffee. Steep the grounds again and add some sugar and salt, then freeze to make a frozen coffee drink.
If you know of additional uses, leave a comment for the rest of us…
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