While many of us prefer the humble cup of tea, coffee is certainly on the rise in the UK with the likes of Starbucks and Costa cropping up on more and more high streets across the country offering unique seasonal menus. Whether you’re a coffee lover or not, there is more to coffee than just its awakening qualities and bitter taste. Coffee grounds can be used right throughout your property – and this is how you can make the most of the heavily scented grounds of this notorious bean.
Coffee comes in many different forms, from freeze-dried instant granules to the compact puck of grounded beans.
Whether you’re a fan of the slow-filter of a Cafetière or you prefer the espresso-style hit of a moka pot coffee in the morning, keeping the leftover grounds can be more useful than you may think.
Renowned for their exfoliant texture and intense scent, coffee grounds are a useful addition to your standard cleaning solutions.
Offering a zero-waste and chemical-free alternative to commercial products, it’s hard to find a reason not to clean with coffee grounds.
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Clean up your drains
A clogged sink can leave foul odours lingering in the air – an unpleasant side effect of a blocked drain or pipe.
If you notice your kitchen or bathroom sink is harbouring water or smelling-off, try this trick before reaching for professional help.
Empty any excess water from the sink before (sparingly) pouring some coffee grounds into the plughole.
Wash away with boiling water to neutralise odours and get things moving again.
Solve scratch marks
If your furniture is looking worse for wear it can leave your home feeling messy and worn out.
Scratched furniture can be concealed with coffee grounds with this easy shake and dab method to conceal annoying scratches on items around your home.
Mix coffee grounds with one quarter of a cup of warm water and equal parts white vinegar and shake the mixture.
Steep for at least an hour before using a rag to dab the mixture onto the surface scratch.
Darkening the scratches makes them less noticeable on darker furniture which has been scratched away to reveal lighter layers.
Test on a hidden spot before treating the scratch to ensure it blends well with the furniture’s overall colour.