Did you know that annually thousands of pounds of used coffee grounds are thrown out as garbage and eventually used as landfill?
You can make use of these coffee grounds in a more creative and useful way today.
Here is what you can do with coffee grounds:
1. Use In Your Compost
Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and that makes them useful for your compost as they provide it with bacteria necessary to break it down while masking the foul smell of the compost.
All you need to do is out your coffee grounds in the compost bin and you are on your way to making your compost.
2. Effective Fertilizer
When you mix coffee grounds in the soil you will enrich it with nitrogen and also encourage the growth of microbes in the ground.
Coffee beans have water soluble acids which gets washed away into the coffee itself and leaving the coffee grounds acid-free.
3. Effective Wood Staining
It is an effective DIY wood staining alternative that will give your wood an organic tone.
Just put together your coffee grounds, put them into a coffee pot then add some boiling water to the pot. Allow this to sit for a minimum of two hours or better still let it sit overnight. Strain the water in a container and use a paint brush to apply this to your wood surface.
You can silly several coats only wait for about 10 minutes after each coat.
4. Use As An Insect Repellent
You can use coffee grounds to repel insects and mosquitoes as these insects do not like the smell of coffee. Recent studies have also shown that coffee grounds can he used to kill mosquito larvae and so making it an effective natural insecticide.
All you need to do is to pour used coffee grounds into any small water bodies around your home for example in ponds or puddles. By so doing you will prevent mosquitoes from breeding as these habitats become inhabitable for their larvae. Another way of warding off insects and mosquitoes is to burn coffee grounds in aluminium foil or tin cans the smell of burning coffee grounds will repel insects. You could also put them in a spray bottle mixed with hot water and spray in mosquito infested habitats.
Source: The Hearty Soul