Coffee grounds | How to reuse them
Updated: Oct 13, 2018
Coffee grounds are too good to be thrown away. I will list some of the ways how you can reuse them and how beneficial it is. Now whether you chose to use it in skincare or gardening is entirely up to you. I luckily have so many grounds a week that I can reuse it in many different ways. Please ensure your grounds are dry. If they are still wet, they might get mouldy. We don't want that do we?
Coffee grounds in Skincare
Use them in skincare and I promise you, you will develop a whole new love for coffee.
Here are the benefits of coffee grounds in skincare:
1. Skin Exfoliation
2. Skin Softening
3. Cellulite Reduction
4. Treating Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes
6. Skin Tightening
7. Skin Brightening
A great exfoliation recipe you can find here.
Coffee as a plant fertiliser
Many people choose to place coffee grounds straight onto the soil and use it as a fertilizer. The thing to keep in mind is while coffee grounds add nitrogen to your compost, they will not immediately add nitrogen to your soil. The benefit of using coffee grounds as a fertilizer is that it adds organic material to the soil, which improves drainage, water retention and aeration in the soil. Fresh coffee grounds are acidic. Used coffee grounds are neutral. If you rinse your used coffee grounds, they will have a near neutral pH of 6.5 and will not affect the acid levels of the soil. To use coffee grounds as fertilizer, work the coffee grounds into the soil around your plants. Leftover diluted coffee works well like this too.
Composting Coffee Grounds
Composting with coffee is a great way to make use of something that would otherwise end up taking up space in a landfill. Composting coffee grounds helps to add nitrogen to your compost pile. Used coffee filters can be composted as well as long as the glue doesn't contain any plastic.. If you will be adding used coffee grounds to your compost pile, keep in mind that they are considered green compost material and will need to be balanced with the addition of some brown compost material.
Keep the snails away
Another use for coffee grounds is using it to keep slugs and snails away from plants. The theory is that the caffeine in the coffee grounds negatively affects these pests and so they avoid soil where the coffee grounds are found. No guarantee tough, some of those snails are tough.