Sustainability

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9 GENIUS WAYS TO RECYCLE USED COFFEE GROUNDS

Coffee is good for more than just waking you up in the morning!  Take a look at this list and find the perfect recycling tips and tricks so you can enjoy your coffee again – even after you’ve finished enjoying your morning cup!

1. Pest Repellent
Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your plants to protect them against destructive garden pests like ants, snails, and slugs

2. Fertilize Your Garden
If you grow azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses, or other acid-loving plants, then used coffee is the fertilizer for you!  Spread the grinds around your plants, they add nitrogen and potassium to the soil as well as a boost of magnesium which all plants need to stay healthy.

3. Compost It for Later
If you don’t have a use for coffee ground fertilizer right away, go ahead and throw it on the compost heap. Coffee grounds make excellent “green” matter as they are rich in nitrogen. Also, beneficial worms may be attracted to your compost with the addition of old coffee.

4. Absorb Food Odors
Used coffee grounds can be used much like baking soda for absorbing food odors in the refrigerator and freezer. Just load up a small open container with your old grounds, place it in the back of the fridge, then forget about it for a couple of weeks while you collect more grounds.

5. Natural Abrasive
Sprinkle old coffee grounds onto an old cleaning cloth and use them to scrub away stuck-on food from counters or dishes.  While used grounds are abrasive, they aren’t so harsh that they will damage the surfaces in your kitchen.

6. Exfoliate Skin
Coffee grounds make an excellent exfoliating body scrub!  Just add used grounds to a bit of warm water or your favorite all-natural oil (coconut oil works great!)  Then scrub your skin from head to foot to remove all of those icky dead skin cells.

7. Rejuvenating Facial
Just as it works as a body scrub, coffee makes an excellent facial.  Mix two tablespoons of used coffee grounds with an equal amount of organic cocoa powder.  Add three tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream and top it off with a heaping tablespoon of honey for the perfect all-natural alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant facial.

8. Caffeinated Soap
Did you know that you can actually absorb caffeine through your skin?  You can and the multitude of caffeinated soaps available around the internet are testament to how well it works.  For an all-natural alternative, why not turn your old coffee grounds into homemade soap so you can get one more good caffeine kick in the morning before work?

9. Cellulite Treatment
Poor diet, frequent or extended periods of sitting, smoking, or genetic predisposition – cellulite has many causes and for every cause there are at least a dozen “cures” which may or may not actually work.  Well, here’s one that does: used coffee grounds. A simple mix of used coffee grounds and warm water will also do the trick.  Use this scrub for ten minutes twice per week on any areas affected by cellulite.  Results should start to become apparent within four weeks of steady treatment