Coffee is a drink loved throughout Australia, with one in four not being able to start their day without one. At Naked Foods, we feel the same way.

In celebration of Naked Foods and St Dreux launch of Naked Coffee, we thought it would be fitting to show you all the different and clever ways you can use your leftover coffee grounds.

In the Garden

If you have been thinking about starting a compost, now is the perfect time to try. Composting is easy to start and a great way to get your kids involved and help the environment. Adding coffee grounds to your compost not only gives you nutrient-rich based soil but will keep your worms happy. Worms love coffee but only give it to them in moderation as coffee is high in nitrogen and highly acidic.

It also is an excellent natural fertiliser for your garden, as it contains several minerals for plant growth, such as nitrogen, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Coffee also makes a great insect and pest repellent; this is because of caffeine and other compounds that can be highly toxic to insects. So adding to your garden or sprinkling near your outdoor setting is a natural way to stop those pesky bugs.

Uses in the Home

Coffee is a perfect natural deodoriser for your home, especially in small spaces like your fridge. Neutralise the smell by filling a jar with ground coffee beans and place it in your fridge or cupboard uncovered. It works better than baking soda, and once the space is smelling better, you can dispose of them in your garden or use it to deodorise your hands after chopping onions or garlic.

Have stubborn food on your cookware that will not come off? Why not use your leftover coffee as an abrasive to remove those tough stains on your cookware and utensils. Just make sure to wash the coffee grounds off before leaving them out to dry. It also acts as a great antibacterial cleaner for your cookware. Give your dish soap a rest and try coffee grounds instead!

Beauty Routine 

There are so many ways you can incorporate coffee into your beauty routine. As coffee is coarse, it makes for an excellent exfoliant for your face, body and scalp by removing dirt and dead skin cells from your skin. It also boosts circulation in your skin and helps fight cellulite too, and this is due to coffee being high in caffeine and full of antioxidants. Just add coconut oil for a great coffee scrub for your body or honey for your lips. You can also use coffee grounds to remove excess product in your scalp – add it in and massage gently before rinsing and shampooing.



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About the Author: 

Latasha Trenaman is a Sydney based writer who is passionate about healthy eating. Latasha’s partner was diagnosed with diabetes in 2018. She has made it her life mission to share her and her partners’ experiences living with diabetes by promoting healthy food, especially sugar-free options. She believes in the power of writing and how it can inspire others in their journey to becoming more healthy. When she is not writing, she is walking her dog or baking sugar-free treats.