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You can toss your coffee grounds, or re-use
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September 29th is National Coffee Day. If you brew your own coffee, what do you do with the spent grounds?
Here are green alternatives from Folgers Coffee and our own archives.
WAYS TO RECYCLE COFFEE GROUNDS
Body scrub: Add grounds to warm water or coconut oil and use as an exfoliating scrub.
Antioxidant facial: Mix two tablespoons of grounds with an equal amount of cocoa powder. Add three tablespoons of whole milk or heavy cream and a tablespoon of honey. Spread on your face; remove in 15 minutes.
Dye clothing or “antique” paper.
Scented candles: Mix the grounds into the wax of homemade candles. You’ll get a coffee scent as they burn.
Soap: Add grounds to homemade soap. They work as an exfoliator also impart some caffeine through the skin.
Marinate meat: The acid in the grounds is a tenderizer. A small amount added to a marinade gets great results without imparting the taste of coffee.
Use as plant food: The nitrogen-rich coffee grounds nurture houseplants and garden plants. Mix one part coffee grounds with four parts water, and water your plants with it once every other week. You can also sprinkle the grounds directly over the soil or blend them into the soil. Don’t use un-brewed coffee; it’s too high in acid and can burn the plants.
Compost, along with the paper coffee filter.
Touch up wood scratches with grounds and a cotton swab.
Clean the fireplace: Scatter grounds over the ashes to reduce the spread of dust as you sweep it up.
Use as a deodorizer, to remove strong smells (curry, fish, garlic). Rub some grounds over your hands or kitchen counter; then wash them off.
Remove unpleasant odors from garbage cans, closets, shoes, etc. Leave a cup of coffee grounds (or a smaller amount as appropriate) inside them overnight.
Folgers has an online coffee calculator to tell you exactly how much water and ground coffee you need, based on the number of people.
Note that in the coffee industry, a serving size is 6 fluid ounces. An American mug typically holds 12 ounces.
Homemade coffee soap. Here’s the recipe from OffbeatAndInspired.com.
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