I don’t drink coffee, but I love the aromatic smell of it! My husband, on the other hand, can’t seem to live without his daily Cup of Joe. Making coffee and tossing old coffee grounds has become a part of my morning routine. Little did I know that I was dumping money-saving coffee grounds into the trash every morning! Instead of buying different products for your various household chores, try out these 8 alternative uses for coffee grounds and beans!
1. Freshen up your car
Do you hate getting into your car in the morning only to smell the food you picked up last night? Get a small container with a lid that you can poke holes in. (I like the plastic containers that hold lemonade packets because they fit in my cup holders.) Fill the container with coffee beans, and keep it in your car to absorb strong odors.
2. Remove stubborn grease and stains in pots/pans
Add used coffee grounds to a pot with stubborn grease spots or stains. Rub the grounds into the pan with a sponge to remove the stain, rinse, and be amazed!
3. Marinate a steak
Who knew that coffee grounds could add such delicious flavor to a steak? Add grounds to a marinade and let your steak soak in the flavors for at least 30 minutes. I like to rinse the coffee grounds off before cooking the steak, but I’ve heard it’s great either way.
4. Eliminate stinky shoe odors
I am a boot fan, but it’s hard to keep them smelling fresh after wearing them all day. Take some coffee beans, add them to an old knee-high stocking, secure the end with a rubber band, and drop it into your shoe. The coffee beans will absorb the smelly shoe odor. This works especially well for kids’ sneakers too!
5. Fertilize your plants
The strong acidity of coffee grounds makes for the perfect plant fertilizer. Nitrogen, phosphorus and trace minerals are present in coffee grounds and work very well when added to the soil beneath your plants. Incorporate about 3/4 to 1 cup of coffee grounds into the soil near your plants about once a month. Why buy expensive plant fertilizer when you have coffee grounds? Coffee grounds also attracts earthworms, which help to make your soil even more fertile.
6. Prevent clouds of dust in your fireplace
The dreaded fireplace cleaning has to happen, but make it easier with this little tip! Place dampened, used coffee grounds onto the ash before cleaning out the fireplace. The coffee grounds help prevent clouds of dust from spilling into the room!
7. Clean out the garbage disposal
The key to this trick is not stopping up the garbage disposal by adding too much at once. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of coffee grounds to your garbage disposal and follow with hot water at least once a week. The coffee grounds clean and freshen the disposal, which saves you money from buying store cleaner. Another quick tip is to make ice cubes with leftover coffee grounds, and drop them into your disposal!
8. Exfoliate your skin
Coffee grounds are great for exfoliating your skin. Make a paste of olive oil and coffee grounds, apply to your skin for about 30 seconds, then rinse.