Ahhh, coffee. A drink enjoyed ’round the world. Hot or iced, coffee is a morning staple to many. While most prefer their coffee in a cup, mug or even a to-go thermos, there are others who are less interested in the liquid version of this delightful drink, and more interested in the grounds. Yep — the coffee grounds. Most people throw grounds out after making coffee at home, but keeping them might just change your life. Hold on to your pants coffee lovers, here are 10 uses for coffee grounds that you never knew existed:
1. HAIR ENERGIZER
For dark hair, coffee grounds can provide your locks with energy and give them a more radiant look. Before shampooing, exfoliate wet hair with a handful of coffee grounds, then rinse thoroughly. The grounds will remove any build up left over from hair products and leave your locks glossy and smooth.
2. CELLULITE CREAM
If you’ve ever used a store-bought product to help lessen the look of cellulite, you may have noticed that caffeine is commonly used as an ingredient. If you want to tighten things up a bit for less money, use some oil and coffee grounds to create a homemade cellulite buster similar to the creams found in stores.
3. GRILL SAVER
Cleaning the grill is a pain. To get rid of that gunk more easily, put some coffee grounds on a sponge and use it to scrub the grill, then just rinse with warm water.
4. UNDER EYE BAG REMOVER
Coffee does have a habit of giving you a morning boost, so using the grounds to combat dark under-eye bags doesn’t seem like much of a stretch. Mix some coffee grounds with a little bit of olive oil to help restore the look of the skin under your eyes.
5. NATURAL CLEANER
Coffee grounds can be used as a chemical-free cleaner. Its small grains act as a detergent for cleaning pots, pans and other surfaces. It’s also a lot cheaper than most cleaning products!
6. ODOR NEUTRALIZER
Refrigerators are often full of many different types of foods, and the mix can easily get a little smelly. Keeping a cup of coffee grounds in the fridge will help to neutralize odors.
7. FLEA REMOVER
If your dog has fleas, use moist coffee grounds and massage them into your dog’s fur. It will act as a natural flea remover, and leave your dog smelling great!
Coffee grounds can act as a great fertilizer, because they are rich in nutrients such as nitrogen and potassium. Use them to help give your plants a boost!
9. WASP REPELLENT
If you have a wasp problem at home, coffee grounds can help. Place some in a fire-safe jar and light it to create steam/condensation that will help to repel wasps.
10. GARDEN SAFE KEEPER
If you’re having problems in your garden with ants, slugs or snails, spread some coffee grounds on top of the soil. The strong smell is enough to deter them from your plants!