Citizen Reporter
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2 Feb 2022
4:00 pm

Daily hacks: Four things you can do with used coffee grounds

Citizen Reporter

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A happy cup of coffee. Picture: iStock

Used coffee grounds are usually found once coffee beans have been brewed to create delicious, rich and creamy cups of coffee.

Coffee grounds are considered as waste and can be discarded as they can no longer be consumed, but there are many other things which you can use your used up coffee grounds for, which could be great for the environment.

UK coffee retailer Coffee Friend has provided hacks on what to do with leftover coffee grounds.

Four things you can do with used coffee grounds:

Homemade exfoliator

Mix your used coffee grounds with coconut oil and create your own, super-effective homemade exfoliator.

Plenty of off-the-shelves body scrubs make use of coffee as a key ingredient for the product, so there’s no reason not to add them into your morning or night moisturising routine. 

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Woman exfoliating face with a coffee scrub. Picture: iStock

Natural clothing dye

If you have dark clothes which are starting to fade and look old, use your coffee grounds to stain and dye your dark clothes to make them brand new.

Researchers from Iowa State University found in a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Fashion, Design, Technology and Education that best results could be produced by drying out the grounds for three days before boiling them with purified water to obtain the dye. 

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A black t-shirt. Picture: iStock

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Neutralise fridge odours

Just like lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda, coffee can also be used to get rid of the unwanted stubborn smells in your fridge.

Simply place your used coffee grounds in an open container in the back of the fridge, and let the nitrogen present in the caffeine absorb the sulphur smells from the food in your fridge.

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Bad odour from the food in the fridge. Picture: iStock

Clean your kitchen utensils

The coarseness of grounds comes in handy when cleaning pots and pans; they can be put to work on tough, baked-in stains on kitchen utensils and offer a nice natural alternative to any chemicals. 

Combine the coffee grounds with warm water and soap and get to work with your dishcloth or sponge.   

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Kitchen utensils for cooking. Picture: iStock

Compiled by Leratao Maimela