Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Reusing Coffee Filters and Grounds

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If you’re like me you’re always looking for ways to save money, and finding uses for things other than their normal intention is a definite way to do that. What do you do with the coffee grounds when the pot is finished? Most of the time we dispose of them without thinking about other uses for them. Here are a few ways to give the grounds another life. Before use, dry the grounds by spreading in a single layer on a cookie sheet and letting air dry.

1) Pour the grounds in a bowl and place in the refrigerator and freezer – they make great deodorizers.

2) Feed your indoor plants with coffee grounds, and surround outdoor plants after planting. The grounds contain nutrients that help the plants grow, and they make an attractive dark mulch. It’s best, though, to avoid direct contact with the stems or leaves.

3) You can also spread the grounds on bare spots in your lawn to promote the growth and spreading of grass.

4) Pour grounds into nylon hose. Tie off the ends and place in shoes, in drawers and in closets. Will deodorize! Place one in your car, too.

5) Repel ants and small bugs. Simply spread some grounds in areas where they invade your home.

6) Before removing ashes from the fireplace, sprinkle them with coffee grounds. The grounds will keep the ashes from sending plumes of dust in your face!

7) Make a paste of grounds and a little water. Dab on wood furniture scratches with a cotton swab.

8) Remove garlic or onion smells from your hands by rubbing them with grounds, then washing.

9) Dye fabric with coffee grounds. Mix 4 tablespoons grounds with 3 cups boiling water. Soak to desired color and lay flat to dry.

10) Dispose of old medications by crushing the pills then mixing with coffee grounds. They will not go into the ground water or get into anyone’s hands.

11) Make a scented pin cushion, hot pad or mug mat. Use your favorite pattern and fill with dried coffee grounds.

12) Keep cats from using your flower beds as litter boxes – sprinkle with coffee grounds and orange peels.

13) Keep Fido clear of fleas! After bathing him, rub him down with coffee grounds.

14) Use as a hair rinse to enhance color – for brunettes and dark hair only. Simply mix 2 tablespoons and 1 1/2 cups boiling water, let cool and rinse hair. Let set about 5 minutes, then rinse out.

Coffee grounds provide nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and more.
Those extra coffee filters can come in handy, too! And since they aren’t awfully expensive you won’t be wasting major funds. Here are some uses for them:

1) Put a filter in the bottom of planters before adding soil – it will let the water drain off without the loss of soil through the drain hole.

2) Place filters between dishes to prevent breakage.

3) Get creative and make a wreath! You’ll need a straw or styrofoam wreath form. Since you’ll be using hot glue on the wreath, wrap the form in ribbon of your choice. Gather 2 filters, fold and bunch at the center (bottom) and hot glue to wreath, packing tightly so wreath does not show through. Fluff the edges to make the wreath full and rounded. You could lightly spray the filters with floral spray or tea-dye them before using. There are also brown filters if you’re looking for the natural effect. The same process could be used to form a tree or a topiary.

4) Place herbs and spices of your choice in a filter or two, tie tightly with string and use as an herbal bath. Just toss it in as the water fills the tub.
Check back Friday for a recipe and other fun things!
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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