Coffee: Not Just For Drinking Anymore

Other Uses for Coffee

Periodically, we like to remind you about ways to reuse your coffee grounds. Here are a few uses you may not know:

  • Erase food smells from your hands. Sure, that cilantro tastes yummy on your enchiladas, but not so much on your hands after dinner. Rub a handful of used grounds on your hands, then rinse with warm water.
  • Clean your fireplace without the dusty mess. With cold weather soon to be upon us, fireplaces will be back in use, but we all know that cleaning them creates a bigger mess with all the dust. Try sprinkling damp coffee grounds over the cooled ashes, allow it all to sit for 15 minutes, and then scoop out the mess into an ash can. The grounds cling to the ashes, so dust is kept to a minimum.
  • Put grounds in a bowl and place it in a room or your refrigerator that has a lingering odor. You can even put some in the trash bin to keep that smell down. Put some grounds in a tulle or cheesecloth bag and place in your  car.
  • Clean that dry-erase board of permanent markers. Pack the grounds in a small piece of cloth, gather the ends with a rubber band and you have a little scrubber.  You will be surprised when that marker comes right off your dry-erase board.
  • Dispose of out-of-date prescription pills. Instead of throwing the old pills into the trash, where a child or animal could find them, crush them in a bag with used coffee grounds and toss the bag into the trash. The pills can’t be retrieved or reused by man or animal.