Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages and also the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product around. So this Fairtrade Fortnight we’re exploring the many different ways to recycle coffee grounds.

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10 ways to recycle coffee grounds

1. Natural pest repellent

Coffee grounds are great for repelling a variety of garden pests, especially slugs and snails. Simply sprinkle the grounds over your garden!

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2. Garden fertiliser or compost

Did you know that your garden loves coffee just as much as you do? Mixing used coffee grounds into the soil around your plants will provide more organic matter, improving the water retention and helping aerate the soil. Used grounds also help strengthen compost, adding nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus which all help plants to convert sunlight into energy.

3. Natural flee repellent

Old coffee grounds are great for deterring your dogs flees. Simply bathe the dog as usual, rinse, scrub them with the used coffee grounds and rinse again! Please note that coffee can be poisonous to dogs, so please ensure that he or she doesn’t consume any.

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4. Absorb food odours

Old coffee grounds can be used much like bicarbonate of soda when it comes to food odours in your fridge or freezer. Simply put the used grounds into a cup or bag and place on a shelf.

Coffee also absorbs food odours from your hands. Keep a small pot of grounds by the sink and use them to scrub your hands after chopping odorous foods like garlic or onion.

5. Natural abrasive

Coffee grounds are a great natural abrasive for scrubbing stains or dirt from pots and pans. Simply use a cloth, and scrub away!

6. Homemade candles

If you love the smell of freshly brewed coffee, making a candle is the perfect use for your old coffee grounds. All you need is the following: the used grounds, a small glass jar, some left over wax from old candles and a candle wick from your local craft store. Simply place the wax into a heatproof bowl and place over a saucepan of boiling water to melt the wax. Then place the wick and a sprinkling of grounds into the glass jar and pour the wax in. Let this harden, then do another layer until the jar is filled.

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7. Exfoliator

Used coffee grounds make a great body or face scrub, helping remove dead skin, reduce puffiness, wake up and tighten the skin. It can be used alone or mixed with coconut oil and sugar to make a scrub.

8. Cellulite treatment

Coffee grounds can be used as an effective, temporary treatment for cellulite. Massage a mixture of coffee grounds and coconut into the skin to improve circulation. Let the caffeine absorb into the skin to temporarily dilate blood vessels and reduce water retention. This helps minimise the appearance of cellulite.

9. Caffeine soap

Craft your own nourishing caffeine soap with your old coffee grounds! There are a multitude of recipes available online to give you an all-natural, recycled, coffee soap.

10. Hair care

Simply massage the coffee grounds into your scalp whilst in the shower, to help remove product build-up, exfoliate your scalp and help stimulate hair growth. This is recommended for brunettes, as it can darken blonde hair!

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What are your tips to recycle coffee grounds? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @wearethought!