By Anne B
Howdy Ramblers! Welcome back to another sustainability blog post! This one is going to be especially useful for all my coffee drinkers because it is all about coffee grounds. USED coffee grounds to be precise. Now you’re probably wondering why can’t you just throw away your coffee grounds? Don’t they just decompose anyways? Well, yes, technically you’re right. Coffee grounds will decompose naturally over time, but it does that much better and quicker when it’s in the right environment. When you throw your coffee grounds into a trash bag, the grounds won’t be able to decompose as they should since the plastic and all the other stuff surrounding them blocks the necessary compounds and microorganisms that are necessary for the decomposition process from reaching the coffee grounds. So, being a coffee lover myself, and thus having a ton of used coffee grounds that I don’t want to just throw away, I rolled up my sleeves and did some research (aka asked Google).
As indicated by the title of this blog post, I’m going to give you some DIYs that you can do with your used coffee grounds! Before we start though, I just want to cover a few things that I found very useful when I first started.
The first and very important thing I want to talk about is how to store your coffee grounds. See, when I first decided to store my coffee grounds, I was so excited that I hadn’t looked up how to properly store your used coffee grounds. Well, turns out you can’t just put your used coffee grounds into a jar and let them chill in there until you want to use them. Why? Cause they’ll get nast-ay if you do that. In areas where things get moldy easily, like Montréal, you might even see some mold in that jar. Eww and no thank you. If that does happen to you though, you can throw those moldy coffee grounds into the compost!
So, how should you store you used coffee grounds? Well, here are two methods I found:
Alright, now that you know how to properly store your grounds, let’s talk DIY.
Body Care DIYs (Dried Used Coffee Grounds Preferred)
From scrubs to masks to whatever else falls in the skin and body care category, you can easily add your used coffee grounds to these DIYs. You can find countless recipes for coffee scrubs, masks, soaps, exfoliators, etc. on Google, Pinterest, and Instagram. Here are some of my favorites:
If you’re running short on time or you’re not much of a DIY person, you can still incorporate used coffee grounds into your skincare routine! Just grab some dry used coffee grounds and add it into your body wash, facial cleanser, or hand soap (especially the kitchen one). Having just coffee grounds near your kitchen sink is a good idea if you chop a lot of onions or garlic. Just rub the coffee grounds between your hands, rinse, and wash again to neutralize any cooking odors.
Food for Your Houseplants (Frozen, Dried, or Straight Outta Machine)
If you read my last sustainability/minimalism blog post, then you might have added a new houseplant to your place or thought about getting a new houseplant! If that’s the case, then used coffee grounds might be the perfect fertilizer for your new (and old) houseplants! However, not all plants like the acidity that the coffee grounds bring, so make sure to do some research before adding the grounds to your plants. Here’s a list of some plants that do like coffee grounds:
Used coffee grounds can also be used in your garden if you have one! Just sprinkle some coffee grounds on top of the soil and mix it in with a spade!
Odor Eliminator (Dried Used Coffee Grounds)
Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you gotta admit, the smell of coffee is pretty nice. So, I guess, it would only make sense that you could use coffee grounds to eliminate odors and replace them with a nice, roast coffee smell. Grab some newly dried coffee grounds and place them in a nice bowl, jar, or vase and place them around your apartment to eliminate odors and give it that freshly brewed coffee smell. You could also sprinkle some dried coffee grounds in any smelly shoes laying around and leave them in for a couple of hours. When the smelliness is gone, just dump the coffee grounds into your compost or outside into the grass if you have some.
Alright, well that is all I have for you today Ramblers! Obviously, there are a ton of other ways you can reuse your used coffee grounds! A simple search on Google or Pinterest will give you thousands of ideas!
Remember, if you don’t have time to do any DIYs or aren’t a big fan of them, you can just throw your coffee grounds into the compost! If you don’t have a compost, like me, then you could either dry or freeze them and then take them to your farmer’s market. There might be some farmers who are in need of coffee grounds! You could also try posting them on Bunz of Facebook and see if there are any takers.
I hope this post has inspired all of my coffee drinkers to start reusing their coffee grounds. Let me know what you thought of this blog post and what you do with your coffee grounds in the comments below!
Have a good Labor Day weekend and Ramble On!
Sources: indoorflora.com; gardenguides.com; www.deathwishcoffee.com; foodfornet.com