By Zubair Muraad
One of the most amazing beverages ever is coffee. Show me a person who doesn’t need a cup of joe in the morning. However, you will be surprised to know that there are so many more amazing ways in which you can make use of coffee grounds. Coffee not only energizes you in the morning, it also works as a great and inexpensive tool that supports and allows you to make use of a range of household tasks, from cleaning your pans to getting rid of the smell of onion from your hands. But here I want to talk specifically about coffee grounds here. People usually discard the grounds left behind after it’s brewed, but you should really see how it should be made use of. Coffee grounds have many practical uses around the home and garden and can even help spruce up your beauty routine. If you don’t make a lot of coffee at home, most coffee shops have an abundance of coffee grounds that they are willing to give away. Let’s see now how you can make use of it in some really fantastic ways.
REMOVE ODOR FROM HANDS
Eager to show off your cooking skills but is that onion smell lingering even during your dinner? Washing your hands with coffee grounds helps remove any nasty odor collected by chopping up strong-smelling ingredients such as onion and garlic. That aroma from onions and garlic will from now on only be tasted in dishes and not when you’re eating dessert or breakfast the next day.
UNBLOCKS THE SINK
This is probably a use that you didn’t quite know of. Grounds can also defeat blocked drains removing the need for harsh chemicals. Simply pour coffee grounds into the sink – followed by liquid soap and boiling water. With a bit of luck, this will clear the blockage and leave your sink free of odors.
USE IT AS A FERTILIZER
If you are on the lookout for ways to boost your garden and compost? Coffee grounds actually act as excellent fertilizer. It can also be used as a natural repellent against ants, slugs, and snails. Simply spread the grounds at the foot of the plants, or dilute in water and spray directly to control the insect situation.
If you’ve had wooden furniture in your living space for a while, chances are you’ve accumulated at least a couple of scratches on the surface. Before you spend money on a professional wood refinisher to restore the surface, try soaking a spoonful of coffee grounds in warm water for a while and gently rub the mixture all over the scratches. Apply as often as needed.
Burnt-on food stuck to pots and pans can be a nightmare to remove. And you don’t want to damage the non-stick finish by using anything too harsh. Mix some leftover coffee grounds (around 2 or 3 teaspoons) with warm, soapy water and scrub the pan with a soft sponge or brush. Coffee will cut through grease because it’s acidic.
DEODORIZING THE FRIDGE
There’s nothing quite as disturbing as getting ready to prepare a meal and opening the fridge to find bad odors from unidentifiable sources! Getting rid of bad fridge odors can be a nightmare but it is not an impossible task. Here is a little tip to help clean out the smell of your refrigerator or any places that are not often aired. Simply place some coffee grounds in a cup and change it every 15 days.
CREATE YOUR DIY SOAP-BAR
As it turns out, you can make use of your creative skills to create your very own soap bar. This is a DIY soap bar that allows you to clean up well and stand out. Add some fresh grounds to the DIY bar soap recipe. Why does coffee help? It will ward off everyday scents, and the bar smells a little bit like your favorite café, too.
MAKE COFFEE CANDLES
If you enjoy candle making, you’ll love using coffee grounds as an ingredient. You’ll never want to use aromatic oils again – real used coffee grounds smell so much more authentic and look great when layered in candles. As the candles burn down, the grounds become exposed and the heat releases the rich coffee aromas. Absolutely divining!