Some time ago, I penned a post in which I characterized the drawers of my nightstand as a place where useless things come to die.
And as bad as those drawers are, the ones in our kitchen nook are far worse.
Correction: Were far worse. I recently conducted a major purge in that area of our home, and who would have thought that the act would result in a blog post?
I found a Detroit Free Press newspaper clipping, which dates back to May 3, 2008, that details all the wonderful things one can do with leftover coffee grounds.
Apparently, not everything I hold onto is useless junk. I'm really glad I kept this...
Uses for Leftover Coffee Grounds (and Coffee).
All year round...
Clean kitchen drains
Boil about 6 cups of water. Pour a half cup of used coffee grounds down the drain, followed by hot water.
Put coffee grounds and pills in plastic bag, and pour enough water into the bag to cover them. Zip up bag and mix well. In just a short time, they will be gone.
In a bowl, mix 2 cups of coffee grounds, 1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt and 2/3 tablespoons of massage oil. Rub in a circular motion on wet or damp skin in the shower.
During the summer months...
Cat and pest repellant
To help keep cats and pests from the garden area, mix coffee grounds with orange peels and spread the mixture around the outside of your garden.
Toss your used coffee grounds onto the soil. The dark color absorbs heat from the sun. That helps the soil warm up and and adds nutrients to the soil as the grounds break down.
Instant iced coffee
When you have left over coffee that you didn't have time to finish, put it in ice cube trays and freeze. Then put the cubes a Ziplock bag. When you feel like having iced coffee or mocha, put a few cubes in the blender, pour into a glass, and enjoy!
Hair color booster
If you're a brunette who absolutely cannot make it in to see your colorist, coffee grounds may enhance your color. Rub used grounds throughout your hair in between shampooing and conditioning.
I know, I know: That last one is odd.
But with the grays I've got sprouting through my scalp, I just may have to try it...