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Used coffee grounds are one way to destroy medication. Put coffee grounds and pills in plastic bag, and pour enough water in bag to cover them. Zip up bag and mix well. In just a short time, they will be gone.
Source: I got this tip from a nurse.
By Pudell from Benton Harbor, MI
I was told, not to do this on account the residue of the pills will go into our drinking water. This makes sense when you stop to think about it.
In the continuing battle between gardeners and slugs, some people have tried coffee grounds to ward these voracious eaters away from their tender plants. This is a guide about use coffee grounds to deter slugs.
After making coffee, let the grounds dry then put them into a new filter, a thin fabric bag, socks, or stockings. Secure with thread or staples. Put these coffee bags inside your shoes, in closets, and shelves. They work really well as deodorizers. My family has been doing this forever!
By attosa from Los Angeles, CA
I'm going to try this, thank you for the tip!
Odors in the fridge or freezer will be gone overnight if you place a dish of used coffee grounds in a bowl and place it in the center of the refrigerator/freezer. It works better then baking soda!
Here's a great way to use coffee grounds once you have made coffee. Dump your used coffee grounds into a container and keep, open, in the refrigerator. The used grounds make your fridge smell like coffee and absorbs all the unwanted odors at the same time.
Used coffee grounds are a great, free fertilizer in your garden. Roses and acid-loving plants love it. Starbucks will give them to you free!
This was one of the most interesting experiments I ever did before with my shoes and boots. I got curious one day. I kept buying foot powder that was too expensive and would cause allergic reactions to my skin, even if I'm wearing socks.
I am chemical sensitive to perfumes, cigarettes, gasoline, etc. Sometimes we have guests come over with high perfume scents and when they leave the scent does not.
After our family returned to the Pacific Northwest from an extended working vacation, our home smelled of mold. I found myself washing all of the clothes in my drawers and called my mother for advice. She told me to put coffee grounds (not instant), in small cups or bowls inside of each drawer.
After I've sprinkled my used coffee grounds around my plants and fruit trees, I rinse off the coffee filter and dry it on my dish drainer.
Grass is growing! Hooray! I've finally got the most beautiful green grass where there was almost no grass, thanks to all those used coffee grounds I put out last month!
Here is yet another way to recycle up your used coffee grounds. Fill a pin cushion with them! Use cute scraps of fabric and simply sew together right sides together leaving a small space open.
For a quick, cheap facial scrub: Take your cooled down coffee grounds and scrub your face gently with them. The grounds will slough off dead skin cells, and the caffeine will "wake up" your skin.
I save all used coffee grounds and fruit & veggie waste (peels, etc.) and lightly dig them in in my flower beds and around shrubs and trees. My plants have huge blooms year-round (I live in Florida) and vibrant coloring.
Save your used coffee grounds from your morning coffee in an old coffee can, sealed with a lid in a cool area. Keep them on hand until you need to sweep up the garage floor, then use them as a "sweeping" agent to keep the dust down when you sweep.
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What is the best use for used coffee grounds?
By Marie from NJ
Roses also love coffee grounds. Add crushed egg shells and this will keep many crawling things you don't want on your roses out. If you need to feed your roses add both close to the plants and under the surface. You can mix coffee grounds with planting mix and improve growth and blooms.
1. Use dried grounds in pin cushions to keep them from rusting.
2. For stubborn grease and stains on pots and pans, coffee grounds really get in there and do the job.
3. Chocolate cake flavorer: Used grounds and fresh grounds both give a little kick to chocolate baked goods, including brownies.
4. Use a mix of coffee grounds and water to dye clothing, paper, or even Easter eggs.
5. An egg white mixed with 1/4 cup grounds makes a great exfoliating face mask.
When using coffee grounds to get rid of kerosene or gas smell, do you use ground coffee or used coffee grounds?. Many thanks.
John from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
When I used coffee grounds to get out smells, I used the fresh grounds. I don't know if used ones would work as well. I do not know if they would work on Kerosene which is a pretty strong odor. I put a dish in an antique cupboard to get out the stale smell. I had to do it several times. I also used them to remove mothball smell from a camper trailer closet. I used dishes of baking soda at the same time.
There was a posting for using coffee grinds for odors. I am not sure how it read to use them.
Is this an old wives tale or true? Do coffee grounds down your sink really help clean it out of fat and grime?
I'm afraid it might aggravate the problem.
"Sink stoppages are usually caused by liquid fats, emulsified by warm dishwater and carried through the pipes. The water cools as it proceeds to the main sewer and leaves the fatty deposits along the way. A film of grease forms on the pipe wall, then another and another. Coffee grounds and bits of food add to this accumulation layer until the pipe becomes impassible.
"Pour excess grease into a tin can and throw it out with the garbage, not down the sink drain. When using a food disposer, always let sufficient cold water run to carry the particles down and into the main line to prevent buildup in the smaller waste lines."
If you really want to have a nice flower garden take your coffee grounds and kitchen vegetable wastes and combine them in a compost pile. Then have your children dig in an area approved by you for worms and add the worms to your compost pile. What they leave you will really improve your flower output as well as getting rid of your kitchen waste. Worms love coffee grounds.
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I have read what to do with left over coffee, what about leftover coffee grinds? Thanks.
By Lisa from Providence, RI
There are crafts (like dough crafts) which use coffee grounds. You can use some on your hands and hair and the oils in them will soften (condition) your hands and hair. It makes nice "mulch" for potted plants and soil. (10/26/2010)
They are great for keeping your disposal blades sharp, along with some lemon juice or orange peels, not too many mind you.
Good Luck! (10/28/2010)
My dad used them to keep the dust down while sweeping the carpentry shop. (10/28/2010)
Great article. I've been building a site dedicated to how to best use coffee grounds in the garden. Check out my blog if you want to learn how easy it all is: http://groundtoground.org. (11/01/2010)
The grounds can be used to deodorize the refrigerator and microwave. For the refrigerator, place a container with a few holes poked in it. For the microwave, place the grounds on a plate, close the door and zap for 1 minute. Coffee grounds are good for preventing freezer odors too. You can also use the coffee grounds to exfoliate your face, elbows, knees, and feet.
Use to deter ants. Just sprinkle around the perimeter of your house. If you need fishing worms, just work coffee grounds into the topsoil. The worms come to the surface. When cleaning fireplaces and garages, sprinkle coffee grounds to limit the dust.
For kid's crafts mix 1 cup dried coffee grounds with 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/4 cup sand. Slowly add 3/4 cup water until you have the consistency of bread dough. It looks like a brown rock if you let it dry for two or three days. It would make a nice place to hide a spare key if you didn't have a container. Just cover the key with the mixture and allow to dry completely. If it isn't completely dry, it will peel. When dry, the fake rock can easily be broken in half to reveal the key.
Source: my grandparents
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
I want to find again any information regarding the use of coffee beans for the bad odor in closets. Please send me that information again. Thanks.
By Ileana from Luquillo, PR
I don't know about the coffee, but I do know you can remove musty odors by taking new, clean and cheap clay-based cat litter and pouring it into the leg of a pantyhose then tying it on to a hanger or setting it on a shelf. It's supposed to suck up moisture. This tip was originally for a musty car trunk, but would work for a closet too.
I spray Febreze on to my clothes in my closet to remove odors. I use the vanilla scent because it's light and fresh and not strong or floral. You can use the Febreze made for fabrics OR the kind made for air freshener. You can also set tiny cups of vinegar in your closet. Just put the vinegar into a bottle or a jar with a lid and fill the jar less than half way with vinegar (any kind) then poke holes in the top of the jar. (06/24/2009)
Just place coffee beans in an open container and place it on a shelf or on the floor in a corner. It does make an area smell good and I happen to love the aroma of coffee ;-) Coffee beans are also good to use when smelling more than one perfume at a time when shopping for a new scent because smelling the beans in between each new 'test' clears/neutralizes your sniffer ;-)
I was going to suggest vinegar for the closet, too :-) (06/24/2009)
Actually, I thought it was ground coffee...not instant, but the regular ground up coffee. The beans don't have as pungent of smell. I have tried the dish of vinegar before after someone came to visit and smoked in my house. It worked amazingly well. (06/24/2009)
Does anyone know what to do with used coffee grounds from my filter machine? Not sure, but I think you can use them, when dried, to unblock a sink. Any other environmentally friendly ideas please?
Cettina from Malta, Europe
Recycle your used coffee grounds by sprinkling them around acid-loving plants, such as azaleas, laurels and rhododendron. (03/02/2005)
Anything that is natural can be broken down and reuse by nature. Put it into A compost pile. I have heard of people using coffee grounds to make wood stains. Most likely by artists. We all know it does stain.
By Mr. Thrifty
Make sure when you sprinkle them around plants you don't have a dog who will go and eat them as soon as you turn your back! Mine did and luckily didn't eat enough to warrant a trip to the vet. The little sneak waited until I got into the house and closed the door and then climbed up into my vegetable barrels to eat the coffee. Luckily I saw him and was able to pry some of the grounds (espresso) out of his little mouth! I didn't think he could reach them. (03/03/2005)
I also put them around my rose bushes, they love it! (03/03/2005)
I remember my grandmother used to use them for cleaning bacon grease out of pans. (03/03/2005)
I put coffee grounds by my sliding door that leads to the patio and any other places that ants might get into the house. Walla - no ant problem! (05/08/2005)
By toni k.
Used coffee grounds are good as fridge deodorizers. Just place in an unopened container (like an old cottage cheese tub) and place in back of fridge. Once they are all dried out, dump into your compost.
I use them all over the back yard. Especially in the garden. (05/25/2005)
By Joyce wis
Not only can you use used coffee grounds for staining wood, but they work great for coloring hand-made baskets as well. (05/25/2005)
My grand and I are staining wooden angels for Christmas. Can coffe grounds work on growing lavender? (12/20/2005)
I got a kick out of seeing your web page. I've been talking to the wife about the grounds because I drink a ton off coffee a day and I hate to throw out the used grounds because I've heard people talk about using them for things,but I forgot what they were used for. So that's why your web site got to me, is there more uses? Put them on the web or make a magazine or book and sell it. Thanks again (01/03/2006)
Thanks for the coffee grounds reuse. I've been throwing them away but this changes my cycle with them. Thanks again.( (01/05/2006)
Could you use coffee grounds to stain wooden spoons? Is it food-user friendly? How would you go about doing it.
Thanks, Richard T.
Editor's Note: Richard, coffee Grounds should be safe to stain any food related items. You might be better off boiling them, then using the dark brew (after removing the grounds) to stain them. (01/24/2006)
You can also stain cloth with tea as well as using coffee. I saw this done on Trading Spaces. They stained curtain fabric with tea to give it an aged appearance. Neat and cheap idea. (01/24/2006)
Thanks for the info. I'll give it a try. Very interesting web site.
By Richard T.
Can you burn coffee grounds? Like tie them in paper and use them as firestarters?
Editor's Note: This sounds like it would work. Make sure they are dry but I've heard of logs made from coffee grounds so I think this would work. Let us know how it turns out. (12/04/2006)
I have some old wooden picture frames and I wanted to sand the paint off them. Could I use coffee to stain these as well? (02/28/2007)
Pour coffee grounds out where you need fishing worms or just want worms to stir in the ground. Coffee grounds provide food for worms and I have had lots of worms from doing this...I had a friend who used them in homemade worm beds. (04/13/2007)
Some of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen, the owner swore by her used coffee grounds being put around her rose bushes. But not against the bush or they would burn it, she said.
Martha's wisdom (04/13/2007)
Do NOT put them down your drain. They will create one of the worst clogs you have ever had. It's an urban myth that they will clear your drains. They will actually cling to any grease in the pipes and eventually create a very bad blockage. They are great for compost, keeping bugs away from your tomatoes in the garden, in place of ice on snowy sidewalks, but never down the drain. (04/13/2007)
We sprinkle ours out over our lawn where there is a "bald spot". Given a few days and the grass is growing and spreading out there and really green! I did not beleive this UNTIL we tried it but it does work! I got the idea from these folks and their web site! (04/14/2007)
By Paula Jo
Chuck them on the compost heap! (05/23/2007)
Dry out the coffee grounds in the oven. Just dry them, don't roast them! Then add 50% fresh coffee grounds. Brew. You may be pleasantly surprised! (06/03/2007)
Best coffee trick ever. Next time you go and wash your hands add a small amount of coffee grounds. They are great at absorbing grease or oils; also they exfoliate your skin leavening them so smooth and will leave your hands with a slight coffee smell. Yum
By Coffee nut
Cettina - from Malta - Do not put coffee grounds in your kitchen drain! If there is any grease in the drain, the grounds will just adhere to the grease and clog the whole thing. I speak from (unfortunate) experience. (09/08/2007)
I read on a website (which sadly no longer exists) that used coffee grounds can be used for the stuffing inside pin cushions. They keep the pins rust-free!
Also, you can fill cheesecloth or old nylon knee-highs with the used grounds and hang in closets or use in cars to reduce odors. (10/07/2007)
I think I read somewhere that used coffee grounds could be used in the washing machine to bring back the rich color in faded black clothing. Does anyone know if that's true? I wonder if the grounds would clog up the machine and/or pipes. (11/20/2007)
Cellulite reducer. Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. While standing over an old towel or newspaper, apply the mixture to your "problem areas". Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Unwind the wrap, brush loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week. A little weird to be sure, but as high priced cellulite creams have coffee in them, it just might work. (05/04/2008)
I recently found a recipe in a kids craft book that recommended using them for art projects. I had always used flour water and salt, but I like the idea of reusing my coffee grounds. :)
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I used them in my garden around the base of the evergreen tree and it grew a more beautiful green, thicker and healthier. Just keep away from the bark of the tree. Leaf compost around an evergreen do a great job too. (11/24/2008)
Used coffee grounds are close to a neutral PH as most of the acids are water soluble and washed out when making your morning cup of joe. They are a great fertilizer for just about any plant acid loving or not. If you can get a bunch of them just broadcast then over your yard as a free organic fertilizer. Your grass will thank you with lush green growth and your soil will thank you for the bounty of worms and other helpful organisms they will attract to your soil. (12/14/2008)