July 31, 2022
Every day, millions of Americans drink coffee. But what happens to all those coffee grounds? Unfortunately, most of them end up in landfills. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using coffee grounds instead of sending them to landfills. We will also talk about some current uses for coffee grounds and potential future applications.
Coffee grounds are a valuable resource that can be used in many different ways. For example, coffee grounds can be used as a fertilizer for plants. Used coffee grounds contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are all essential nutrients for plant growth. Coffee grounds can also be used as mulch or compost. Mulch helps to keep moisture in the soil and prevents weeds from growing. Compost is a great way to add nutrients to your garden soil.
Besides their use in gardening, coffee grounds can also be used in other ways around the home. Did you know you can use coffee grounds as an exfoliant?
Exfoliation is the act of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin, often with the help of a grainy substance, exfoliating tool, or chemicals. While these cells would eventually fall off on their own, a scrub or exfoliant can help clear them away sooner to make your skin look lighter, brighter, and more youthful. Used coffee grounds make a fantastic facial exfoliant, gently scrubbing off dead skin cells to reveal fresh, healthy looking skin. You can also rub used coffee grounds on your hands to remove odors. Just rub and rinse with water.
Washing your hair is the best way to remove hair product buildup, but twice a month you should indulge your scalp with a deep clean as well. Make your own follicle facial by working brewed coffee grounds into your scalp with your fingertips for 60 seconds, rinse with cool water, and finish with your regular shampoo and conditioner. Over time, and with continued use, you’ll find that your hair is shinier, according to a study published in 2014 in the British Journal of Dermatology.
According to Daniel P. Craig, furniture expert and founder of Kitchen Deets (opens in new tab), coffee grounds are perfect for cleaning furniture that has received harsh scratches that are notoriously hard to repair.
Coffee grounds can also have many industrial applications. For example, coffee grounds can be used to absorb oil spills. They can also be used in filters for drinking water or wastewater treatment. Coffee grounds can even be used to make paper!
So, there you have it! Coffee grounds are a versatile and sustainable resource. Next time you finish your cup of coffee, think about all the different ways you can reuse those coffee grounds. You may be surprised at how many uses there are for this everyday waste product.
What other ways can coffee grounds be used? Share your ideas in the comments!
- earth911.com/living/green-food/recycling-coffee grounds/