15 Simply Outstanding Ways to Recycle Used Coffee Grounds

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OK, everyone loves a good cup, or two, of coffee in the morning. But before you dump those coffee grounds in the trash, take a look at this list of genius ways you can recycle those coffee grounds so you can continue to enjoy them long after that last drop leaves the pot.


1. Repair Furniture Scratches

Simply mix 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply this over the scratch with a cotton ball, then wipe dry. Try this first on an inconspicuous area first to be sure you are happy with the color.


2. Natural Flavor Enhancer

No matter what marinade you are making for your meat, adding just a tablespoon of fresh coffee grounds to the marinade will not only tenderize the meat, but it gives it a mild, smoky flavor. Some say that adding a bit of coffee to chili gives it a dynamite flavor as well.


3. Natural Insect Repellent

Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your garden plants to stop destructive pests such as slugs, snails, and ants. In fact some people claim that mixing orange peels with coffee grounds will keep cats from using your garden beds as an open air litter box.


4. Fertilize Your Garden

If you love azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, camellias, hydrangeas, or any acid-loving plant actually, will love you back if you give them coffee grounds as fertilizer. Mix up your old coffee grounds with dead leaves, dry grass clippings, or dry straw and then use this as fertilizer around you plants. Coffee grounds add potassium and nitrogen to the soil as well as a bit of magnesium, which all plants need to be beautifully green and healthy.


5. Make Your Own Wake Me Up Soap!

Your skin absorbs caffeine almost as well as your stomach. Check out the number of sites selling coffee soap and you will see that it must work! Next time you are making up a batch of homemade soap, make a great exfoliating soap that will really wake you up in the morning by adding some coffee grounds to your soap mixture.

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