15 Foods You Can Use Around the House

2. Coffee grounds

Never, ever throw away your used coffee grounds. There are so many uses for them aside from going to waste in the garbage can.

  • In the garden. For those with gardens, coffee has more than one use. You can sprinkle coffee grounds around your plants to protect them from ants, snails, slugs, and more. And if you mix coffee grounds with rosemary oil or orange peel, small mammals will also be driven away. Second, coffee grounds are wonderful for fertilizing certain plants, like azaleas, hydrangeas, camellias, roses, and other acid-loving plants. Just remember to add lime or wood ash to the mix so that you get a complete fertilizer for fruiting and blooms.
  • Food odors. Coffee grounds are can used like baking soda for absorbing those foul smells around the kitchen or in the refrigerator. Simply put a small container filled with used coffee grounds in the back of the fridge. One can will last about two weeks. Once used, you can toss those grounds into your compost heap.
  • Exfoliate. Add grounds to warm water and your favorite oil, like coconut oil, then scrub your skin. An easy, all-natural way to a beautiful complexion.
  • Caffeinated soap. Fun fact: caffeine can be absorbed through the skin. You can actually use those old coffee grounds in a homemade soap recipe to give you a refreshing morning boost before heading off to work or class. Plus, you will smell like an early Starbucks. What’s not to love?
  • Healthier hair. If you recently switched to a natural shampoo and conditioner, you may find there’s something weighing down your hair. Once a month, use some coffee grounds before shampooing and massage into your scalp. The course texture will break up residue without damaging your locks.

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