It may surprise you, but coffee grounds can be used in various purposes. They can be used as a mosquito repellent or as compost, or in many different ways. In this article we will show you some tips how to use the coffee grounds.
It is not only an ideal addition for your compost, the coffee grounds can be an amazing fertilizer since they are rich in nitrogen. The coffee grounds promote the growth of microbes in the soil. The result is that these microbes are rich source of nutrients needed by the plant.
Most of the people believe that coffee grounds are acidic, which is wrong because the acid included in the coffee beans is water-soluble. This means that it is rinsed by the coffee itself.
If you are preparing your own compost, the already used coffee grounds can be of great help since the coffee grounds include nitrogen. This will boost the bacteria with energy which will allow them to degrade the organic ingredients you are composting. It also enhances the composting process. The coffee grounds will also suppress the bad smell that results as a side effect.
If you like to add coffee grounds in your compost, just throw them in the compost bin as anything else.
- Mosquito Repellent
Used coffee grounds are very effective in suppressing mosquitoes and insects. The strong aroma repels the mosquitoes and insects. Many studies have confirmed that used coffee grounds are very useful in destroying mosquito larvae, which means they are effective natural insecticide.
The method of use is very simple. Just add coffee grounds into small, still bodies of water around your house. You can use small puddles in your backyard. The mosquitoes will not like to come in your house again. You will also destroy any mosquito larvae that grow in your yard. You can also burn coffee grounds in tin cans or aluminum foil and boost the scent. You can also combine the coffee grounds with hot water in some spraying bottle. Spray the desired areas with this mixture.
- Staining Wood
This is another practical use of used coffee grounds. You can stain your wood and make it nicer, with organic tone.
Collect the used coffee grounds and put them into the coffee pot. Add boiling water in the coffee pot and leave it to stay for at least 2 hours or even better, through the night. In morning, strain the liquid and put it in some container that Is big enough for a paintbrush.
The staining process is easy. Soak the paintbrush in the mixture and smear it on the wood carefully. Wait for the first layer to dry for 10 minutes and then apply another one. You can apply several layers until you get the desired tone. If you like to make it darker, you can rub in any leftover coffee grounds.