4 Ways to Use Your Old Coffee Grounds

It’s National Coffee Day! To celebrate, we’re letting you in on some awesome tips to utilize your forgotten friends – the coffee grounds. Let’s be real, you must clean them up anyways. Why not put them to good use around your home?

Get a Green Thumb

Coffee grounds affect the acidity of your soil. Whether you want to turn your pink hydrangeas blue (although it’s only temporary) or keep away fungus, diseases and certain insects, adding coffee grounds to your garden soil is highly beneficial. It’s recommended that you only add 20-30% grounds to your soil and mix thoroughly.

Adding grounds to your garden also helps attract earthworms for a healthier, more thriving garden.

Have a Spa Day

Coffee grounds can be used as an exfoliant to scrub away dead skin and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Whip up our quick recipe below!

1 cup coarse sea salt
1 cup dried coffee grounds (if used, place on baking sheet and freeze to dry)
1 cup of olive or coconut oil
5-6 drops of essential oil like lavender or lemon

Mix together the oils, coffee and salt in a mixing bowl and pour into an accessible jar. Press down to compact while filling.

You can also use coffee grounds under your eyes to remove puffiness. Leave on for 15 minutes before washing off and feel your skin tighten.

Back in the Kitchen

Did you know coffee can help remove the smell of garlic from your hands? Save some of those old grounds and scrub away the stink. You can also keep a cup of grounds in your fridge or freezer to help keep it smelling fresh.

Old grounds can also be used to freshen and maintain your garbage disposal blades. Run water and toss the grounds in while grinding.

Just as the grounds clean away dead skin, using coffee grounds in a frying pan works to slough off caked-on bits.

Get Creative

Grab a bowl and your coffee filter with grounds, and squeeze as much water as you can out of the grounds. This highly saturated liquid can be used as paint, to naturally dye hard boiled eggs, or even used to stain wood.

Play around with the ratio of your coffee to water brews to create a palette of coffee hues.

For the love of coffee, come celebrate National Coffee Day today – September 29. Stop on into participating Hotel RL locations for a free cup of joe on us!