Alternative Uses for Coffee Grounds
Apart from being a delicious, invigorating beverage, coffee can serve numerous purposes. Used coffee grounds can be used in the garden to repel insects and offer nutrients for plants. You can use it around your house or use it as beauty treatment. It can even make your DIY projects more uniquely beautiful. Let us know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these fun and interesting projects.
1. Natural Insecticide and Garden Supplement
It’s definitely a good idea to mix some used coffee grounds into the garden soil before growing any plants. Coffee can serve as an all-natural insect repellent. After the newly transplanted seedlings have taken root, it’s a good idea to add more of the soil-and-coffee blend around the plants. It’s also recommended that homeowners put a barrier of used coffee grounds on the areas surrounding your home to deter ants or other pests from coming inside. What’s more, it can make certain plants grow more vigorously by offering nutrients. Plants that produce well with the addition of coffee grounds include azaleas, camellias, corn, rhododendrons, roses, and tomatoes.
If you want your handmade projects to have vintage style look about them, coffee can help a great deal. Firstly, soak the coffee grounds overnight in water. Secondly, completely immerse the material to be dyed into the dark coffee liquid. Paper and white or light-colored cloth are both perfect for being dyed in this fashion. Allow the product to sit for as long as you like. The longer it sits, the darker it will be. Then you can get the vintage style color, causing the product to look like an antique. Wooden material can also be stained by coffee. Be very careful not to overdo it and ruin your wood! In some instances you will find that the dyed color may gradually fade, especially with fabrics. It may be a good idea to dye some items that are not washed frequently in order to maintain the vintage effect longer. Examples would be pillows or sachets.
Wood Furniture Polish
As time passes, wooden articles begin to become darker and darker. Fortunately, coffee will make wooden furniture look fresh and polished. Just soak leftover coffee grounds for several hours. Once the liquid is very dark, strain the mixture and save the liquid coffee. Add some olive oil or linseed oil into it, mix it thoroughly, and then rub it onto your wooden furniture with a soft cloth. The wood will then have polished appearance. It’s a good method to polish your wooden furniture annually.
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