New Native Nation Recycling Coffee Grounds

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New Native Nation Guest Essay
Java Recycling: 7 Ways to Use Old Coffee and Coffee Grounds
by: Christina Spence

Coffee lovers can’t start their day without a delicious cup of their favorite coffee blend. Yet,
they’re often left wondering what to do with those seemingly useless old coffee grounds or leftover cups of
cold coffee. Here are some fantastic ways to reuse and recycle old coffee:

1. Gardening – Old coffee grounds are excellent to add to your composting pile. Not only do they increase the
acidity of your soil, but they also act as a natural fertilizer. (Be careful not too add too many coffee grounds or
else you may create a composting material that is too acidic.)

2. Indoor plants – Add some old grounds or a last cup of black coffee (your plant won’t love cream & sugar as
much as you do) to your houseplants. Most of them will love this boost of acidity!

3. Java Hair Rinse – I know, I know, you’re likely rolling your eyes at this tip, but it’s a proven fact – coffee
makes a great hair rinse! If you have dark hair, use leftover coffee as a final hair rinse to add super shine.
And, a delicious scent as a great bonus.

4. Crazy Skin Pack – use a handful of old grounds, mixed together with a bit of water (or cream for added
moisturizing) and create a messy paste of this in a small bowl. Pat this goopy mixture onto clean skin, being
careful to avoid nose, mouth and eyes. Let sit for about 15 minutes and rinse off. You Java Beauty Queen, you…

5. Odor Neutralizer – This is one tip I discovered entirely by accident. Old coffee grounds at the bottom of, let’s
say, a garbage bag help to neutralize odors! (I did this one time and realized it worked.) A little plate of leftover
grounds left out in areas of particular stinkiness (cat litter box, anyone?) can help to naturally get rid of offensive smells.

6. Ant control – Pouring old coffee grounds around areas in your garden that are prone to ants will help get rid of
them! Ants apparently hate coffee (they’re the only creatures that do) and won’t cross a line of coffee grounds.

7. Furniture Scratches – Very strong coffee can be a handy dye to use on furniture scratches. Dip a cotton swab into
old, strong coffee and use on dark wood furniture to hide scratches.

About The Author
Christina Spence is a freelance writer who LOVES coffee! Get her favorite FREE gourmet coffee recipes (including some Starbuck clone recipes) at:

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