If you’re a coffee drinker, you probably have noticed that brewing and grinding your own cup generates a nice little surplus of coffee grounds. Although you may not think about it much, coffee grounds are actually very useful and full of nutrients that are good for soil, cleaning, and skin care.
Coffee grounds are great for composting. Unlike oils and fats that may make your compost smell bad, coffee grounds can work as an odor neutralizer and may can be easier to sow small seeds and fight off fungus and mold in soil. To get technical, coffee grounds have their own mold and fungus colonies that fight off other mold and fungus colonies that cause root maggots and rot. It’s the same idea along the lines of the “good” bacteria that you find in yogurt, or penicillin. You can also use those grounds as a natural slug repellent and can help stave off critters. Mixed with lemon peels and sprinkled around your plants, coffee grounds can keep cats away from your garden.
If you do not have a garden but still want to put those grounds to good use, then consider coffee grounds for candies, desserts and seasoning meats. My favorite recipe is coffee marinated short ribs. With maple syrup and a spicy ingredient like jalapeño peppers, the coffee will add an intense layer of flavor that will make you wonder why you’ve never tried it before.
Last but not least, coffee is really good for skin care like exfoliation and fighting cellulite. The abrasive and odor-neutralizing properties mean that washing your hands with coffee grounds can help rid of odors like onion or stinky cheeses.
Some high priced cellulite creams actually have coffee in them because it help tighten skin. Make your own cellulite fighting mixture with 1/4th of a cup warm coffee grounds and a tablespoon of olive oil. Cover with shrink wrap and let sit for a few minutes, and rinse off. Your skin will have a great glow and will surely look and feel firmer.