Drinking coffee is pretty much the best thing you can do with coffee. But, if you feel like you need to do more with your coffee, or you just want some ways to recycle your old grinds other than throwing them in a compost pile, consider these options:
1. Deodorize Your Home
Ever notice how wonderful coffee beans smell? Of course you have. So when something doesn’t smell wonderful in your home—like your garbage can, your dude’s man cave or your refrigerator that still smells like last night’s take out—toss a bowl of coffee beans or grinds nearby, and it should help absorb the odor.
Want proof that it works? Lots of stores that sell perfume will leave coffee beans lying around, so you can take a whiff between fragrances and sort of clear the air before you sample another fragrance. If there’s anyone who knows about odors and smells, it’s perfumers.
2. Make Garbage Disposal Cleaners
Let’s take that deodorizing power a step further. POPSUGAR came up with these DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaners made with coffee grounds and a few other household ingredients you probably have lying around. Just mix everything up, form it into little balls and let them dry overnight. I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s definitely on my to-do list now…disposals creep me out anyway, so the cleaner the better!
Bonus: Here are 34 [more] Unexpected Ways Coffee Grounds Can Make Your Life Better from BuzzFeed.
3. Use Coffee Beans as Pie Weights
To be honest, I can’t say that I’ve ever made a pie…I’m more of a cake person. If I did, though, I would try this. Real Simple suggests using coffee beans as pie weights when prebaking a pie crust to keep it from puffing up or shrinking into the pie plate. They say you should, “Line the bottom and sides of the cold dough with foil and fill to the brim with beans.” Sounds easy enough…now let’s get started on some mocha pie recipes! Anyone??
4. Make Aromatic Coffee Bean Candles
This one is perfect for favors at showers or events, especially if they’re coffee or cold-weather themed. The Happy Housewife posted this tutorial on how to make aromatic coffee bean candles, and it looks pretty darn simple. You can go crazy with different jars, containers, tea light candles and coffee bean selections to create your own small favors or deluxe gift sets. Plus, everyone loves receiving something homemade, and this can look way more impressive than the skill it takes to put together. That’s my kind of gift!
5. Use Coffee Grinds for Skincare
Bloke Body makes a Coffee + Sweet Orange body scrub that “stimulates blood flow and targets cellulite and stretch marks.” It contains natural ingredients and probably smells amazing. Snag some here, or check out the BuzzFeed post I mentioned above for some DIY versions.
As I should have guessed, coffee can pretty much solve all the world’s problems. Maybe I should get started on a car that runs on coffee because clearly, just drinking coffee is so last year.