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10 Creative Uses for Coffee Grounds

Most of us enjoy a cup of Blank Canvas coffee to kickstart our day, but what happens to those used coffee grounds once we're done? Most likely, they end up in the trash. However, coffee grounds are incredibly versatile and can be repurposed in numerous ways that benefit both your household and the environment.

Let's look at ten creative uses for coffee grounds that go beyond the garbage can.

Natural Fertilizer

Coffee grounds are rich in essential nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus, making them an excellent natural fertilizer for your garden. Sprinkle them directly onto the soil to improve its texture, enhance water retention, and provide nourishment for plants. Be sure to mix the grounds into the soil to prevent mold growth.

Pest Repellent

Coffee grounds can be used as a natural pest repellent. Scatter them around your garden to deter common garden pests like ants, snails, and slugs. The coarse texture of the grounds irritates these critters, discouraging them from invading your plants.

Odor Neutralizer

Coffee grounds have a natural ability to absorb and neutralize odors. Place a bowl of dried coffee grounds in your refrigerator, freezer, or pantry to keep these spaces smelling fresh. You can also rub damp coffee grounds on your hands to remove stubborn odors, such as garlic or fish.

Natural Abrasive Cleaner

The gritty texture of coffee grounds makes them an effective, eco-friendly abrasive cleaner. Use them to scrub stubborn stains on dishes, pots, and pans or as a scouring agent for sinks and countertops. Coffee grounds can help you achieve a sparkling clean without resorting to harsh chemicals.

Skin Exfoliant

Coffee grounds can work wonders for your skin. When mixed with a bit of coconut oil or yogurt, they create a gentle exfoliating scrub that removes dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling soft and refreshed. The caffeine in coffee grounds may also help improve blood circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Compost Enricher

Adding coffee grounds to your compost pile enhances its nitrogen content and helps balance the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio. The grounds also improve compost aeration and attract beneficial microorganisms, speeding up the decomposition process. Just be sure not to overdo it, as too many coffee grounds can make your compost too acidic.

Natural Dye

Coffee grounds can be used to dye fabrics or paper for a vintage, earthy look. Simply soak the grounds in hot water, strain out the liquid, and dip your material or paper into the solution. The longer you soak, the darker the color will become.

Homemade Candle

Coffee-scented candles can create a cozy atmosphere in your home. Mix used coffee grounds into melted candle wax to create a textured, coffee-infused candle. The grounds will also release a subtle coffee aroma as the candle burns.

Hair Treatment

Coffee grounds can help exfoliate your scalp and remove product buildup when mixed with your shampoo. Massage the mixture into your scalp to stimulate blood flow and promote healthy hair growth. This natural treatment can leave your hair feeling cleaner and more vibrant.

DIY Insect Repellent

Repel insects and pests from your garden by creating a coffee ground barrier. Sprinkle coffee grounds around the perimeter of your outdoor seating areas to keep ants and other bugs at bay. The scent of coffee also masks human odors that might attract unwanted pests.

Don't let your used coffee grounds go to waste in the trash. Instead, explore these ten creative and eco-friendly ways to give them a second life. 

Remember: Blank Canvas Coffee is organic coffee so however you use the grounds is an organic solution!

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