10 Ways To Reuse Your Leftover Coffee
I almost have it down to a science, I grind the beans and pre measure the perfect amount to make just enough coffee for myself and my husband in the morning. But sometimes, maybe I decided not to drink as much or maybe my husband had to leave for work extra early. Thus, alas I have extra coffee left in my pot. Rather than just dump it down the drain, try a few of these ideas to reuse your leftover coffee instead.
10 Ways to Reuse Your Leftover Coffee
- Freeze Coffee Cubes. Pour leftover coffee into ice cube trays and freeze. When you want to make an iced coffee for the summer months these little coffee cubes are the perfect addition to your chilled cup of Joe. They keep it nice and cold without watering it down as they melt. I have been doing this for years and will never use ice for my iced coffee again! You can also make an nice chilled adult beverage with these coffee cubes. Just add your favorite cream liqueur. TIP: You can keep your coffee cubes in an airtight plastic bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- Make A Coffee Fueled Recipe. Add a splash of coffee when making whipped cream, oatmeal or even some coffee simple syrup. It is wonderful over yogurt, ice cream or even pancakes. Try adding some coffee to make a batch of caffeinated energy bites, sure to add some extra energy to your workout or morning routine. There are so many great dessert recipes that use coffee out there, did I mention how wonderfully it pairs with chocolate?
- Treat Yourself to a Spa Day. Use the coffee grounds to make an exfoliating facial mask. I have even heard of it being used in your hair and as a natural tanner when mixed with lotion.
- Make a Rich Compost. I save all my coffee grounds to add to my compost. It is a great mix-in with other vegetables and plants that break down and give nutrients to your plants.The reason why coffee grounds are added are because they are rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper. They release nitrogen into the soil as they degrade and they’re a little bit acidic, which is great for certain soils. Acid loving plants such as tomatoes, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries benefit from adding coffee grounds to the pots or when transplanting. You can actually dilute the leftover coffee with water and use it to water your acid loving plants (just use sparingly).
- Dye Your Fabrics or Paper. Coffee is a natural stain and dye that you can use to color your fabrics, paper and Easter Eggs anywhere from a nice beige to mocha brown (depending how long you soak them). I have done this and loved the results. I had a few white tank tops that were starting to look dull and not very bright white anymore. So, I decided to dye them to look even more vintage. Thus, I saved up a small bucket full of leftover coffee and soaked my tank tops in the coffee for 48 hrs.
- Touch Up Wood Scratches. Scratches on wood furniture seem to almost disappear by simply rubbing a rag in a little bit of instant coffee dampened into a paste with hot coffee. If it is a lighter wood, just use the leftover coffee on a rag. Dab and repeat if necessary until the scratch matches the surrounding wood.
- Deodorizer. Store used and dry coffee grounds in a breathable fabric container . They will absorb odors in the air, your trash can or even in your refrigerator.
- Natural Pest Control. Sprinkle dry, used coffee grounds in problem areas where you notice ants in your home or yard and they might just pick up and leave. To tackle huge ant mounds, pour an entire pot of brewed coffee right on the mound.
Once again, coffee grounds in the garden or your yard will keep slugs and cats away as they do not like the smell. This olfactory-based repellent has been used to keep away picky deer as well.
- Traction. Coat your sidewalks in the winter with dry (used) coffee grounds. Instead of street salt, which can be a hazard for pets, use coffee grounds to get more traction on icy walkways.
- Clean Up. Clean your grill grates, utensils, oven burners and coffee pot. Using hot or warm leftover coffee, pour into a basin and then soak your grill grates. (This also works for grilling utensils, oven burners and your coffee or tea pot) Let it sit for about an hour. Scrub them down and then rinse off with warm water. All of these should be good as new. (Tip: If you don’t have very much coffee left, this wont work. Go ahead and brew a full pot tomorrow and fully immerse whatever item you want to tackle the next morning)