Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ways to Recycle Coffee Grounds

I don’t know about you but my family and I go through coffee as if it is going out of style. Our coffee maker brews 8 cups of coffee and we sometimes brew 2 pots of coffee a day. We start with our first cup of coffee in the morning and we drink coffee until 10pm at night right before we go to bed.  We drink so much coffee that when one of our children wants something to drink they ask for coffee!!!  (it is not really coffee they drink but chocolate milk instead – but you get the point)

Anyway, it dawned on me that we brew so much coffee and coffee is a natural ingredient and I am sure there are more uses for coffee grounds besides making coffee so I decided to Google what else I could coffee grounds for.  Man what a list!  I haven’t tried all of these things but I have done a few.   See below:
·         Keep a small container of used coffee grounds by your sink. Use them with soap to scrub greasy hands and pots alike. The coffee acts as a scrub and rinses off easily.

·         Compost coffee grounds. Add them to your existing compost pile or start a new one. Read more about composting in the book "The Rodale Book of Composting: Easy Methods for Every Gardener."

·         Use them to fertilize roses. Sprinkle coffee grounds on the soil around the stem of the rose bush (but not touching the plant). (You can also put the coffee grounds in any plant base soil. It will make the leaves on your plants a healthier and darker, pretty green)

·         Add to worm beds. If you raise earthworms for garden use or fishing bait, feed them cool, used coffee grounds.

·         Make wood stain for crafts. Re-brew a sizable amount of used coffee grounds and allow the water to steep with grounds for several hours, until cool. Pour through coffee filter to remove grounds.

 ·         Deodorize hands after chopping onion or garlic by rubbing with a handful of coffee grounds.

 ·         Deodorize your fridge. Place wet coffee grounds in a small open container in the back of the refrigerator until dried out.

 ·         Dry coffee grounds on a baking sheet in the oven at 150 degrees for an hour. Use with an equal amount of fresh grounds for your next few pots of coffee.  (we are not guaranteeing that your coffee will taste the same)


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