The 10 best ways to use coffee grounds at home: you'll be surprised

Yulia PoteriankoLife
Here are 10 reasons not to throw away coffee grounds. Source: Created with the help of AI

Coffee grounds are what we usually send to waste. But experts say that's a mistake. You can find many useful applications for it in everyday life.

OBOZ.UA has collected the top ten of them. Try using coffee grounds in your home in an unexpected way.

A natural cleaning agent

Due to its grainy texture, coffee grounds can be an ideal scrub for cleaning dishes or appliances. Simply pour a little dried coffee grounds onto a damp sponge and scrub the bottom of your pots or stove. It won't scratch your surfaces, but it will effectively remove dirt. And it's easier to rinse off than foaming products.

Odor neutralizer

Coffee grounds have a natural ability to absorb odors. It will cope with the refrigerator compartment, the trash can, and even your shoes. Place a bowl or paper bag with the grounds in the problem area overnight, then throw it away in the morning and enjoy freshness instead of stench. You can also use coffee grounds to deodorize your hands after coming into contact with foods such as garlic or fish. Just pour a little coffee grounds into the palm of your hand when you wash your hands.

Body scrub

You don't need to spend a lot of money on a ready-made body scrub. Just mix coffee grounds with coconut oil or honey and take a shower. The effect will be amazing.

Remedy for scratches on furniture

If you notice scratches on your wooden furniture, coffee grounds can help you solve this problem. Mix a little bit of the product with a little water to form a paste and apply it to the scratch for a few minutes, then wipe it off in a circular motion with a clean cloth. The shallow scratch should disappear.

Marinade for meat

Meat can be tough. That's why we marinate it before cooking. Coffee grounds can be useful here, too. All thanks to its natural acidity. It will break down the protein and fiber in the meat. Mix a little coffee grounds with cinnamon and water, rub the meat with this mixture, and refrigerate for several hours before cooking.

Garden pest repellent

The strong smell of coffee grounds is very unpleasant for insects that can harm garden plants. Simply sprinkle a little in the problem areas and refresh the layer from time to time.

Natural plant fertilizers

In addition to repelling pests, coffee grounds can also be used to fertilize your plants – both garden and indoor. This is especially true for those species that like acidic soil, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, or blueberries. Sprinkle some of the thickeners on the ground and mix it into the topsoil with a rake. This way, it will not become moldy and will evenly provide food for the plants.

Fireplace cleaner

If you are the lucky owner of a fireplace, you may know how trying to clean it can create an even bigger mess in the house. It's all because of the ash that goes up into the air. To prevent this, simply sprinkle some coffee grounds on top of the ashes. It will make them heavier and make it easier to sweep them out of the fireplace.

Exfoliating soap

Add a little coffee grounds to your favorite liquid soap and get a great exfoliating effect. Two tablespoons per jar of soap will be enough. If you're making natural soap, just add a little grounds to the mixture before pouring it into the mold.

Natural dye

Coffee grounds can be used as a natural dye for everything from Easter eggs to fabric or paper. The more product you put in the water, the richer the brown color it gives you.

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