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Give Your Old Coffee Grounds a Second Chance at Life

Give Your Old Coffee Grounds a Second Chance at Life

Here at Zavida Coffee Roasters, we have made it our mission to continually take our environmentally friendly approach a step further in everything we do. With our minds brewing with green ideas, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some great DIY ideas for extending the life of your coffee grounds.

Although we don’t recommend reusing your already brewed coffee grounds to make a second cup, you can repurpose them in several ways. This not only reduces waste, but also allows you to use an all-natural product which will make you feel healthier and happier. Here are some ways that you can reuse your old coffee grounds:

In the Garden

Fertilizer and Pest Repellant
Coffee acts as a 2-in-1 all-natural fertilizer and pest repellent. Many insects and other pests are repelled by the grounds, but many acid-loving plants, such as hydrangeas or roses, love them. You can even mix the grounds with brown leaves or grass to reduce some of the acidity. Coffee grounds contain nitrogen and magnesium which is good for all plants.

Compost
You can throw the grounds in your compost heap. This is a much more environmentally-friendly solution than throwing them in the trash. Coffee can add green matter to your compost which attracts valuable decomposers.

Beauty Products

Body scrub
Coffee is a great natural exfoliator. Mix some coffee grounds with coconut oil and you have an amazing homemade body scrub.

Facial
Coffee is rich in antioxidants. It will leave your skin feeling tighter and more radiant. Mix it with some cocoa powder and heavy cream and apply to your face for a DIY beauty treatment.

Soap
If you love the smell of coffee, why not make it a soap? Caffeine can be absorbed through your skin which will give you an added boost. You'll save money and waste with this homemade recipe.

For your hair
Coffee grounds can remove buildup. Just sprinkle a little in your hair to break up residue before you shampoo.

Acne cleanser
Sometimes standard acne products are tough on sensitive skin. This is a gentle alternative with natural astringent properties.. Just mix the coffee grounds with some milk.

Household Helpers

Surface abrasive
Coffee grounds can help loosen residue on surfaces. The grounds aren't harsh like other chemicals, so they won't damage your countertops.

Fireplace
Coffee grounds can reduce mess when cleaning out your fireplace. Throw some grounds on your ash to prevent any ash clouds while you are shoveling them out.

Repair scratched furniture
Make a thick paste with coffee grounds and water to rub out scratches in wood furniture.

'Salt' the road
You can use coffee grounds instead of salt to de-ice and de-snow your driveway. Say goodbye to purchasing heavy packs of salt.

Instead of throwing all those beloved coffee grounds in the trash, you can easily give your grounds a second life through cleaning, beauty and gardening options. With a little creative thinking the options are endless! Zavida Coffee Roasters has a wide variety of gourmet coffee selections to spruce up your coffee repurposing. Contact us to find out more!