1. From http://theearthymama.com/10-ways-to-reuse-coffee-grounds/
10 Creative Ways to Use Coffee Grounds:
1. Pest Repellant
The strong aroma may be endearing to many of us, but is a natural repellent for many insects such as ants, snails and slugs. Having troubles with ants? Trace them to their point of entry and put out some coffee grounds to deter them from returning. “Trace the ant column back to their point of entry. Set any of the following items at the entry area in a small line, which ants will not cross: cayenne pepper, citrus oil (can be soaked into a piece of string), lemon juice, cinnamon or coffee grounds.”
2. Homemade Wood Stain
“Most store-bought wood stains contain harsh chemicals and produce terrible fumes, causing hazards for both the environment and the health of those using them. But coffee––while it does have some limitations in terms of coloration––is an incredibly effective, safe, organic, and ecologically responsible alternative.” Learn more at http://groundtoground.org/2012/10/25/reusing-coffee-grounds-as-wood-stain/
3. Naturally Deodorizing Flower Vase
By simply taking a mason jar, some ground coffee [to look like soil] and fresh cut flowers from the garden, you can create a beautiful flower vase that not only looks great, but smells great too! The coffee grounds [whether dry or just brewed] will naturally deodorize the room in addition to the beautiful scent that will be given off by the flowers you have selected. Learn more here: http://rethinksimple.com/diy/mason-jar-flower-vase/
4. Fridge Deodorizer
Place old grounds in a mason jar and stick it in your fridge. The coffee will naturally deodorize the space and replace the ever so popular baking soda from its duty.
5. DIY Exfoliating Scrub
“Why should you exfoliate? It sloughs off the dead skin cells and unclogs your pores.”
What You Will Need:
- 2 tablespoons dried coffee grinds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
What To Do:
- Mix coffee grinds and olive oil together. It should be a scrub like consistency.
- Rub mixture onto your skin and move in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water.
6. Natural Fertilizer
Make a homemade garden fertilizer by making a coffee ground “tea”. Simply add 2 cups of used grounds to a 5 gallon bucket of water and allow to steep overnight. This coffee “tea” can then be poured over garden and potted plants as a liquid fertilizer.
7. Keep Cats Away
Spread used coffee grounds around the base of your garden to prevent cats from digging. This not only helps your garden but can help neighborhood cats as well since some plants are dangerous to kitties.
8. Add Shine to Hair
“Coffee grounds can add shine to your hair and condition it naturally. Work the grounds into clean, wet hair and massage for a few minutes, then rinse.”
9. Coffee and Cocoa Face Mask
The duo decreases puffiness in the face and the eye area while brightening skin. This easy DIY recipe utilizes old coffee grounds in addition to common kitchen items. Get the recipe at: http://beauty.about.com/od/homemadefacemaskrecipes/r/Coffee-And-Cocoa-Facial-Mask-For-All-Face-Types.htm
10. Hide Furniture Scratches
Do you have some dark wood furniture with a small ding or scratch? Try dipping a cotton swab into steeped grounds and dabbing it onto the scratch. It should take the harshness away from the mark. I would encourage you to test this first on a small spot.
2. “During my second year of nursing school our professor gave us a quiz. I breezed through the questions until I read the last one: What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school? Surely this was a joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before the class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our grade. Absolutely, the professor said. In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello. I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.” Jim Tressel
3. “The wisdom of the world, while in many cases very valuable, is most valuable when it humbly bows to the wisdom of God.” Neil L. Andersen