The average American consumes about 3 cups of coffee a day (maybe more in Seattle!).  That’s A LOT of used coffee grounds! Before you throw them in the trash, consider some of these very useful and resourceful options:

  • Keep Ants Out of Your Kitchen ~ Ants won’t cross a line of coffee grounds, so sprinkle some around any popular ant hangout. Sprinkle coffee grounds outside the perimeter of your house in order to prevent ants from getting into your house.
  • Remove Strong Odors from Hands ~ If you’re cooking with foods like onions and fish, rub coffee grounds into your hands to remove odors.
  • Keep Slugs and Snails Out of Garden and Plants ~ Use coffee grounds as an organic repellent. To repel cats, mix used coffee grounds with orange peels and sprinkle along the boundary of your garden. Curious dogs can be fatally poisoned by coffee, however, so use with caution.
  • Use to Help Spread Seeds ~ If you are a gardener, you know how difficult it can be to spread or scatter small seeds like carrot seeds or radish seeds. To help with this, mix the small seeds into coffee grounds. Not only will this make the seeds easier to spread over the ground, but it will also help to repel pests and fertilize the soil around the seeds.
  • Beauty Uses ~ Mix a quarter-cup of used coffee grounds with an egg white for an at-home skin-tightening mask. You can also massage your face with coffee grounds for an exfoliating scrub that will leave you with a radiant glow.
  • Meat Tenderizer ~ If you have leftover coffee in the pot, use it to tenderize steak. Add fresh grounds to chocolate cake and brownie batter for bold, unique flavors.

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Thanks for the inspiration  6 Surprising Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds.

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