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If you’re like the average coffee crazy American, you drink almost three cups of java a day. If you brew your own at home, what do you do with the leftover grounds? Did you know they release methane, a greenhouse gas five times more potent than carbon dioxide, when they sit in a landfill and decompose? We can do something about that! Here are tenways to reuse old coffee grounds.
- Put a cup of used coffee grounds in your refrigerator instead of baking soda. It’ll absorb odors in the same way.
- Use the grainy grounds to scour dirty dishes.
- Make a homemade facial mask by mixing the grounds in with mashed avocado. This “green technology” mask is great for your skin, as avocados are full of antioxidants and fatty acids. The caffeine actually perks up under-eye circles, too.
- Make a DIY body scrub. Blend the coffee grounds with a rich oil, like grape seed or olive oil. The oil itself will moisturize you as the grounds rub away dead skin–and even reduce cellulite. Research shows caffeine creams can shrink cellulite cells by 17 percent.
- Chopped any garlic or onions recently? Use coffee grounds as a green technology hand scrub to get those pungent odors off your palms.
- Fertilize plants with them. Be aware that this green technology fertilizer is mostly beneficial for acid-loving plants, like roses, azaleas and tomatoes.
- Use them as green technology pest-repellant to keep bugs (even ants!) out. Sprinkle the grounds around points of entry.
- Make a green technology scalp scrub that prevents dandruff and stimulates hair growth. Only try this if you have dark hair, as the coffee can stain it.
- Fill an empty pouch with grounds and let it sit in an old pair of shoes to cut through odors.
- Last but not least, compost them!
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