Have you ever finished brewing yet another cup of coffee, and right before you dispose of the spent coffee grounds, thought it was such a waste? If you can’t make another cup of coffee and you can’t bear to throw the wet grounds away, what do you do?
Well, turns out coffee grounds are still pretty useful even after brewing a fresh cup of joe!
The internet is awash with ideas on giving coffee grounds a second life so we’ve gone through them and here are some of our favourites:
Reduce eye bags
We often struggle to stay awake by guzzling coffee, but looking awake is a whole different story. By putting the leftover grounds on our undereye area. Caffeine, when applied topically to the skin, constricts the blood vessels under the skin and helps de-puff eyes and diminish dark eye circles.
Replace bad odour with coffee
Because the scent is still present in used coffee grounds, the grounds can be used to remove bad odour around the house. Place a bed of coffee grounds in ashtrays or in satchels and leave them in musty cupboards or smelly shoes!
Help your plants out
Coffee serves as fantastic fertiliser. You can either place the coffee grounds directly into the soil of your plants or mix with warm water and store in a spray bottle to make a fertiliser mist. Be sure not to overdo this as the acidity of the coffee could disrupt the pH balance.
Change the colour of your hydrangeas
Speaking of plants and pH balance, the colour of hydrangeas are influenced by alterations in the soil’s pH balance. Adding coffee grounds to the soil decreases the pH and turns pink flowers to blue!
Brownie points if you’re doing this for a girlfriend/wife/boyfriend/husband 🙂
Remove tough stains and scour kitchenware
Stains won’t leave the tabletop or your pots and pans? Try used coffee grounds. The acidity of the coffee and the natural abrasive quality of the grounds should do the trick when mixed with a bit of water and a scrubbing cloth.
Exfoliate dead skin
Exfoliating ensures your pores don’t get clogged with dead skin and dirt, giving you clear and smooth skin. (We aren’t beauty experts but if you have sensitive skin, we recommend exfoliating not more than once a week!) But salt scrubs can be overly expensive, excessively abrasive, and totally unnecessary if you already have some used coffee ground. It might get a little messy but hey, you get to create your own spa experience!
Got a date or getting ready for bikini season? Well, coffee grounds come to the rescue by helping to minimize the appearance of cellulite on your body. Just mix coffee grounds and warm water and apply it to the areas of concern for 10 minutes at least twice a week. We’ve heard it really works!
Remove product and oil build-up from your hair
If you style your hair or have a naturally oily scalp, you might have a lot of build-up in your hair. Cleanse your hair and restore to its natural shine by massaging a handful of coffee grounds into your scalp before applying shampoo and rinsing it off.
Use as a Natural Dye
Used coffee grounds also come in handy for your arts & crafts or DIY projects. When added to water, you can use it to dye everyday objects like old t-shirts and tote bags or home accents such as feathers and easter eggs! You can even use coffee grounds to dye paper to give it the old brown parchment look.
Choosing to use specialty coffee beans and going through the effort of brewing it yourself proves you’re already bent on making the best coffee you possibly can, and there’s no reason to not want the same from the spent grounds you’d have otherwise thrown away 🙂
If you would like to take the concept of ‘sustainable coffee’ a step further, look no further – all our coffees are sustainably grown and ethically produced, and we’re moving towards more sustainable packaging and business practices! (Find out more at www.hookcoffee.com.sg/about/)