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How to put used coffee grounds to good use

“Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages, with an estimated two and a quarter billion cups consumed worldwide each day. Because of how coffee is made, that results in a lot of unconsumed by-products. Every year, humans generate an estimated 23 million tons of used coffee grounds. That’s roughly the weight of 470 fully equipped Cunard Line QE2 ocean liners“.

If like me you prefer ground coffee to instant coffee then you’ll know that you can produce a small mountain of coffee grounds when you’re having a bad day. But before you throw the used coffee grounds into the waste bin, let’s look the many ways we can reuse our spent coffee beans.

Mosquito repellent?

We use a lot of coffee each day so it is particularly interesting to find out what we can do with them. Currently we are trying to dry them out so we can burn them as a mosquito repellent. Sadly, this isn’t quite going to plan because we leave them out to dry, then it rains and we have to start over again.

However, there are lots of other ways you can use them. The following article has some really interesting suggestions, including exfoliating with coffee grounds. Tell us in the comments if you have ever reused the coffee grinds, and if so, what did you do with them?

So make yourself a lovely pot of hot coffee and put your feet up for a few minutes while you have a read. While you’re sitting comfortably, why not check out our other blogs?

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