Those used coffee grounds could actually be more helpful that your morning pick-me-up. Try these 12 nifty tricks and you’ll never throw them out again.
Clean your cooker
And your tiles and worktops too, for that matter. Placed on a damp cloth, those grinds will help you scour away grease and grime.
Wash your hands
Been chopping garlic, onions or chilli? Scoop up some coffee grounds, rub hands together and rinse. Smell? What smell?
Unblock your sink
Pour coffee grounds, a little washing up liquid and then boiling water down the drain. Blockage gone!
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Perk up your brownies
Coffee grinds add a rich sophistication to your gooey bites.
Tenderise your meat
Rub into beef or lamb before grilling or roasting for extra flavour, while the natural enzymes in the coffee help to tenderise the meat and seal in the natural juices.
Shine your hair
Add a teaspoon of coffee grounds to your regular conditioner for softer, shinier hair.
Turbo-charge your compost
Rich in nitrogen, coffee grounds boost bacteria to help other organic produce break down into compost.
Grow your own
Meet your new best friend when it comes to the outdoors. Coffee grounds can be mixed with carrot seeds to deter pests and bugs, and are great for growing mushrooms.
Dye your flowers
Mix coffee grounds with the soil of flowering plants like hydrangeas and, by reducing the pH level, your flowers will bloom a brighter hue.
Fix your furniture
Got annoying scratches on your favourite dark-wood table or welsh dresser? Dip a cotton bud in used coffee grounds and dab on scratches to camouflage them.
Mix grounds with coconut oil and massage on your wobbly bits. The combination of caffeine with the exfoliating effect will create a noticeable difference within a few weeks.
Freshen up your fridge
A container of used coffee grounds will neutralise strong odours, like cut onions, for a more pleasant smelling fridge. Why not store them in here until you need them for any of the above? Win win.
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