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How To: Reuse Coffee Grounds

April 3, 2014 – If you make your morning cup of Joe at home, don’t toss the used coffee grounds. They can be an added perk to many household chores.

Outdoor Uses

  • Flower Mulch: Coffee grounds make soil more acidic. Try mixing coffee grounds into soil for hydrangeas to help maintain their vibrant blue.
  • Fertilizer: Other plants such as blueberries, cranberries and citrus fruits benefit from coffee grounds as it keeps their pH level balanced. Grounds also provide a mix of nutrients that plants need.
  • Bug Deterrent: Coffee grounds can also be used to prevent pest invasions. Slugs and snails avoid coffee grounds sprinkled around plants.

Indoor Uses

  • Homemade Scrub: Reuse damp coffee grounds as a scrubbing agent to remove grime on dishes or tools. The texture of the grounds offers a natural abrasiveness that helps remove the baked-on stuff.
  • Odor Neutralizer: Spread used grounds on a cookie sheet and, once dry, use as an odor neutralizer by placing them in a bowl in your refrigerator or freezer.
  • Hand Cleanser: Remove strong food odors such as onions, garlic or fish from your hands by rubbing coffee grounds on your palms before washing them with soap and water.

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