Don’t Toss Those Used Coffee Grounds in the Compost Just Yet!

There are plenty of ways to put the waste from your morning brew to work.

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Uses for coffee grounds
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Great Uses For Coffee Grounds

Keep your fireplace clean

Before you clean the ashes out of your fireplace, sprinkle them with wet coffee grounds. They’ll be easier to remove, and the ash and dust won’t pollute the atmosphere of the room. Similarly, after you’ve emptied your canister vacuum in the garbage, sprinkle the used coffee grounds on top. It’ll keep the dust down the next time someone lifts the trash can lid!

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Use coffee grounds to deodorize a freezer

Used up the last of your baking soda on these brilliant baking soda hacks? No problem—there are plenty of other household ingredients that can help deodorize a fridge, and even get rid of the smell of spoiled food after a freezer failure. Fill a couple of bowls with used or fresh coffee grounds and place them in the freezer overnight. For a flavoured-coffee scent, add a couple of drops of vanilla to the grounds.

Discover more quick tricks to get rid of household odours.

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Use coffee ground to fertilize azaleas
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Fertilize plants

Those used coffee grounds are chock-full o’nutrients that your acidic-loving plants crave! Use coffee grounds to fertilize rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreens, and camellias. (Helpful hint: It’s better to use grounds from a drip coffeemaker than the boiled grounds from a percolator. The drip grounds are richer in nitrogen!)

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Keep cats out of the garden

Prowling neighbourhood cats won’t think of your garden as a latrine anymore if you spread a pungent mixture of orange peels and used coffee grounds around your plants. (The mix acts as great fertilizer too.)

Here are more smart uses for old oranges.

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Boost a DIY body scrub

Boost a basic salt scrub recipe by adding used coffee grounds into the mix. It’ll aid in the scrub’s exfoliating effect, and may even brighten skin.

Now that you’re familiar with these uses for coffee grounds, check out 13 cleaning hacks that take the hassle out of housekeeping.

Originally Published in Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

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