Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. But what to do with leftover coffee grounds or old beans? Did you know they can be used for cleaning, removing odours and in the garden, among many other household uses?

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Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. But what to do with leftover coffee grounds or old beans? Did you know they can be used for cleaning, removing odours and in the garden, among many other household uses? So if you have any old ground coffee, coffee beans or used coffee grounds, consider one of these alternative reuses, rather than throwing them out. 

1) Deodorize your refrigerator or car

Ground coffee, like baking soda, can absorb bad smells. To stop unpleasant odours and make them disappear as though by magic, just put a few spoonfuls of coffee in a small container inside your fridge, or in a tulle bag inside your car. 

2) Remove smells from your hands

When you’ve been cutting up garlic, onion or leeks, the smells can often linger on your hands for a long time. To make them go away, rub your hands with a little ground coffee (fresh or used) before rinsing them with water. 

3) Clean your fireplace 

To make it easier to clean a fireplace, just sprinkle the ashes with coffee grounds, weighing them down and making them easier to scoop up with a small shovel or to suck up with the vacuum cleaner. 

4) Keep ants away 

To keep ants out of your house, sprinkle the floor with dried coffee grounds, or sprinkle them around the ant-nest. The smell should keep them away. 

5) Fertilize plants

Plants that like acidic soil will be happy if you put coffee grounds near their roots. Leftover brewed coffee, diluted with some water, can also be used. The nutrients in coffee encourage the growth and flowering of azaleas, rhododendrons and blueberry bushes. 

6) Make an abrasive dish soap 

Regular dish soap can be turned into an abrasive cream for cleaning tough surfaces or removing stubborn dirt from pots and stovetops. Just add a little dried ground coffee, fresh or used, to a small amount of detergent and mix before use. 

7) Keep fleas off your dog 

Coffee grounds are an excellent flea repellent. Rub them on your dog’s fur after bathing, then brush after it has dried. The coffee smells much better than most common flea shampoos. 

8) Clean drains 

Coffee grounds, diluted with water, can be poured into sink drains, bathtubs and toilets, to keep them clean and prevent bad odours from lingering. 

9) Keep sugar and salt dry 

To stop humidity forming in sugar, put a few coffee beans in the bottom of the sugar bowl or other container. The trick works for salt too. 

10) Remove scratches from furniture 

If you have any dark wood furniture or doors with unsightly scratches, try soaking a cloth or paintbrush in a cup of instant coffee. Use the beverage as a natural dye until the scratch takes on the same colour as the rest of the wood. 

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