May 15, 2009–Today’s Way: A big part of living Earth Day everyday is looking at ordinary things differently.  Take your daily used coffee grounds, for instance.  Most households still just throw them in the trash (cringe).  But when you start seeing the world through green colored glasses, you begin to think of all the useful things you can do with used coffee grounds before ultimately sending them to the compost bin.  Here are a few ideas:

  • For softer fur, rub used grounds into your dog’s coat.  Rinse well.  Sounds weird, but it works.
  • Used coffee grounds make a great tan dye for paper or natural fiber fabrics.
  • Coffee grounds are said to repel ants and slugs.
  • Adding used coffee grounds to the soil of your houseplants makes a great fertilizer.
  • Mix fine coffee grounds with a little warmed cocoa butter and/or olive oil, then use as a very effective body scrub.