Stop Throwing Away Your Left Over Coffee Grind…Do This Instead
If you are like me, when your bin fills up with used coffee ground, you probably toss it all away without a second thought. I have shamelessly been throwing my used coffee away for years, and I never thought anything of it. That was until I chanced upon a store promoting all the uses for left over coffee beans. I thought this is the kind of info Hook Coffee’s readers might be interested in, and this post came to be.
This is the most exciting use of leftover coffee grounds, as coffee grounds are abrasive and effective at sloughing off dead skin. Coffee is also rich in flavonols, an antioxidant compound, that contributes to leave skin looking vibrant.
Hook Coffee Body Scrub
- 1 cup leftover coffee grounds
- 3 tbsp of seasalt or sugar and 2 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, peppermint, geranium etc.) if you wish.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- In a bowl combine all the ingredients into a paste. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
**Do not use instant coffee, the coffee will dissolve into the coconut oil.
Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen. As a rule of thumb, most fertilizers contain potassium, nitrogen, and phosphate. Coffee is not just great for composting with other organic material, you can literally take it and throw it into a garden, and your plants will love you for it. Don’t do this every day, as too much nitrogen can throw the plant out of balance, and you might damage it. Fun fact# If you dilute your urine, it is an excellent fertilizer.
Coffee is really good at absorbing smells. The only explanation I could find for why, is that it works like baking soda, and coffee is a natural deodorizer. My understanding of this is that it does more than just mask the smells. Somehow, coffee sucks the smell up. All you need to know is that if you put some used coffee ground in a Tupperware container and place it in a confined space, it will get rid of any lingering nasty smells.
I wish I knew this when I moved into my apartment. The walls are all concrete and it only has one window. Needless to say it smelt like musty, wet sock for two months, until I finally burnt enough scented candles to mask the smell.
Place coffee in your car or fill the bottom of an ash tray with left over coffee. Sneak a container into the bathroom. Better yet, grow a plant in the bathroom and fertilize it with coffee.
Some people swear by coffee’s bug repelling quality. I have mixed experiences with this. Day in and day out most coffee shops battle the army of cockroaches, which descend upon them. They are attracted to the warmth of the machine, but the coffee doesn’t exactly scare them away. I found this on an article where some guy was burning coffee grind, and you can see the bugs clearly aren’t enjoying it. My advice to you is, try it and see what results you get. The bugs in Singapore might love or hate coffee, and I think it depends on your area.
So there you have it. If you have any other uses for coffee, please leave them in the comments below. Hook Coffee can deliver single origin coffee beans to your door, a week after the beans are roasted, and their unique subscriptions make coffee affordable and easy. Take a look here.