Fresh brewed coffee isn’t just for a boost of energy, or part of your morning routine, anymore. Coffee and coffee grounds have multiple purposes ’round the house…. Read more to find out 5 Extraordinary Uses for Coffee ‘Round the House.
1. Fresh Ground Garden
After your morning “cup of joe” throw the used coffee filter and grounds straight into the compost pile.
Worms in a compost pile like to eat the bacterium that grows on the used coffee grounds.
You can also use coffee grounds in small amounts as fertilizer. The coffee grounds can be added directly to top soil, especially on plants that are likely to have high acidity in the soil like azaleas or roses.
2. Coffee Smelling Sachet
Fresh coffee grounds are an amazing deodorizer and odor absorber. If you have a pair of old panty hose lying around and fresh coffee grounds straight from the can or coffee grinder, you can make a coffee smelling sachet. Put the grounds into the foot of the panty hose, tie the end in to a knot. After your coffee sachet is complete, place in refrigerator, or other highly nose sensitive areas to absorb some of those gnarly odors, it smells amazingly delicious like coffee, too!
3. Color Me Coffee
Coffee grounds can be used to give fabric a worn or aged look. Who would have “thunk” it? For fabric dye: brew a regular pot of coffee and let cool. Completely immerse the fabric of choice into a container of coffee. Let soak for desired color and remove . Allow fabric to dry for 24 hours (or longer), then rinse fabric and let air dry. It will give your fabric of choice an aged appearance.
4. Coffee Stain
Coffee used to stain light colored wood beautifully. What you need to do is steep a strong pot of coffee and let it sit for a while. The stronger the brew the deeper the stain. The darker the brew the darker the wood stain will be. Let coffee cool. Place into different container. Paint the untreated wood with an old cloth or rag using the cooled coffee. Wipe off with a dry cloth when desired results are accomplished. You can leave the coffee on for several moments to let the stain soak into wood. You can also apply the stain more than once for a deeper shade. Using coffee grounds for staining wood is frugal. However, do not expect the same results as you would get when using a commercial stain.
5. Coffee is Abrasive
Coffee can be harmful for your body after prolonged use, but it can make an amazing cleaning agent. Used on skin or a nasty corroded pot it can scrub away and remove any dry skin or, even yesterday’s left overs left on the dishes. Cleaning abrasive: simply save up your coffee grounds and scoop some into your next dirty pot or pan before hand washing it, the absorbent grounds are perfect for greasy pans. Skin abrasive: Just use regular hand soap and a pinch of coffee grounds and scrub away the dirt and grime from your hands. Making them feel delicate and soft, again.
Before you throw out those grounds, or empty the pot of cold brew, keep these 5 uses in mind!