Sources say that 64% of Americans drink coffee every day. Most people cannot imagine starting the day off without a cup of coffee. Not only does a daily cup of joe help us feel energized before a day’s work, but it can also help us improve our health.
But did you know that coffee has other uses besides drinking? You’d be surprised to find out that there are other ways to use coffee, most specifically old coffee grounds.
Below are some of the most creative ways:
1. As garden fertilizers
Coffee grounds are made up of several minerals, such as nitrogen, calcium, potassium, and iron. All these contribute to plant growth.
Coffee beans attract worms, which are helpful to have in your garden. Worms provide the soil with more structure.
All you need to do is sprinkle some coffee grounds onto the soil. Your plants can get all the nutrients they need.
2. As insect and pest repellent
Caffeine and diterpenes, two of the essential compounds in coffee, are highly toxic to insects. They keep off mosquitoes, flies, and other bothersome pests.
To use them as a repellent, place coffee grounds in bowls and place the latter in convenient places around your house. Outdoors, you can sprinkle the grounds around sitting areas.
3. As a skin exfoliator
The coarse particles of coffee penetrate the skin barrier. So, it can help eliminate dirt and dead cells.
Just mix coffee grounds with water, and using your hands, scrub them onto your face and body. This would effectively exfoliate your skin to a healthy glow.
4. As a meat tenderizer
Meat has muscle fibers and proteins, allowing it to have tough consistency. Coffee has natural acids and enzymes, which are essential in breaking down chemical bonds in meat. This process results in a softer texture for the meat.
Add used coffee grounds and rub them against the meat. Do this two hours before cooking.
Next time you have a cup of coffee, don’t throw out those old coffee grounds. You can still get some use out of them. REPURPOSE!