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What to do with old coffee beans

  1. Use as Fertilizer - Old coffee grounds have a high nitrogen content, which helps to fertilize roses. Camellias and hydrangeas love coffee grounds. Certain fruit plants also benefit from the nitrogen in coffee grounds, such as blueberries and cranberries. Simply dig out around the plant a little and bury your coffee grounds. This will also benefit the plants, as coffee grounds deter pests such as slugs. This is a great way to be a more green gardener and also save money on fertilizers!
  2. Add Coffee to Your Compost - Whether you have old coffee beans or used coffee grounds, they both make great compost. Simply throw them into your compost bin and let them break down with the rest of your compost. Your garden will love the rich soil they help create, and you will be helping to keep waste out of landfills.

  3. Keep Pests Away - It is so annoying when you are trying to enjoy being outside and mosquitos or other insects come to ruin the experience. Coffee grounds are a natural pest repellent. Set out bowls of coffee grounds around your picnic area to help keep pests away. If you have an outdoor area at your home you use often, sprinkle coffee grounds all around it. This will keep mosquitos at bay so you and your family can relax.

  4. Control Odors with Coffee - Coffee grounds are great for getting rid of odors in your refrigerator and freezer. Coffee grounds can overpower and eliminate odors such as onions, garlic, and other unwanted scents. You will need to dry the coffee grounds out if they have been used. Simply throw them in the oven at 250 degrees until they are dry. Be sure to check them often so they do not burn. Then, let them soak in those nasty odors and leave their wonderful coffee scent behind. As a bonus, they can be composted once they have done their job!

  5. Clean Your Dishes - Do you have pots and pans with dried-on or burnt gunk on them? Coffee grounds can be used to help get this off and make your pans good as new. Simply put some damp coffee grounds on the pot or pan, then scrub it as usual. The coffee grounds’ natural grittiness will help to clean off the gunk, leaving you with a clean pan.

  6. Use as a Skin Scrub - Stop paying a ton of money for an exfoliate for your skin. Exfoliates take off dead skin cells, encouraging new skin growth and making your skin look more youthful. For a skin scrub, either use stale dry coffee grounds or dry out your used coffee grounds before making the scrub. You can make a simple scrub with just coffee grounds and coconut oil, or you can create a fancier scrub with just a few more ingredients.

    For a more spa-like scrub, use half a cup of coffee grounds, half a cup of brown sugar, half a cup of coconut oil, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Rub this mixture onto your skin and let it sit for three to four minutes, then rinse it off. This works wonders for your skin and smells heavenly.

  7. Use it As a Dye - Grind up those old coffee beans and brew them to make a natural dye. You can control your color outcomes by brewing stronger or weaker coffee. Stronger coffee will produce a deeper brown, while weaker coffee will produce a light brown. After brewing your coffee, pour it into a pot and bring it to a boil. Throw in your fabric and stir it around to make sure it is completely coated. Let the fabric sit for at least an hour; let it sit longer to get a deeper color. Pull the fabric out and immediately put it through a cold water rinse until the water runs clear. Set the fabric in a cold water bath with vinegar for ten minutes to set the dye, and then use your fabric!

  8. Reduce the Appearance of Cellulite - Another major skin issue is the appearance of cellulite. The caffeine in coffee grounds stimulates dilation, and rubbing the coffee grounds on your skin will stimulate circulation. The antioxidants in coffee grounds also increase your body’s production of collagen. All of this will help to plump out your skin, reducing your cellulite. While coffee grounds cannot get rid of cellulite forever, they can reduce its appearance and save you from having expensive procedures done. Mix the coffee grounds in with a little coconut oil to make them easier to rub on.

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