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What to do with coffee grounds

As coffee lovers, many of us relish that morning ritual of brewing our favourite cup, savouring the aroma, and enjoying that much-needed caffeine kick. But what happens to those leftover coffee grounds once our mugs are empty? Far too often, they’re discarded without a second thought, destined for the landfill where their potential goes untapped. We’ve compiled some crafty ideas of what you could do with your leftover coffee grounds, that won’t end up in the landfill.

Garden Fertilizer: Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and other nutrients, making them an excellent natural fertilizer for plants. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your garden to enrich the soil and promote healthy plant growth. They can also help repel pests like slugs and snails.

Body Scrub: Mix coffee grounds with a bit of coconut oil or your favourite moisturizer to create a natural exfoliating body scrub. The coarse texture of the grounds helps to slough away dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth. Plus, the caffeine in coffee grounds can temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve circulation.

Odour Neutralizer: Place dried coffee grounds in a bowl or sachet and use them to absorb odours in your refrigerator, pantry, or even your car. Coffee grounds have natural deodorizing properties that can help eliminate unpleasant smells, leaving your spaces smelling fresh and clean.

DIY Candles: Incorporate used coffee grounds into homemade candles for a unique and aromatic twist. Mix the grounds into melted candle wax before pouring it into molds to create beautifully textured candles that release a subtle coffee fragrance when burned. Be sure to use a heat-safe container and handle melted wax carefully.

Natural Dye: Use coffee grounds to create a natural dye for fabric or paper crafts. Simmer used coffee grounds in water to extract the pigment, then strain the liquid and soak your material in the dye bath to achieve a lovely, earthy brown hue. Experiment with different concentrations and soaking times to achieve your desired color intensity.

Compost Ingredient: Add coffee grounds to your compost pile to help balance the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio and speed up the decomposition process. Coffee grounds are considered “green” compost material due to their high nitrogen

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