Do More with Coffee

Drink it up. Coffee is meant to be enjoyed. But did you know it can be used in more ways around your house? Used coffee grounds and unused beans are a great source for DIY projects. We've found our favorite ways to incorporate coffee around the house because we truly believe coffee could be the answer to everything. 

Scrub It Away

Coffee can warm your soul & then exfoliate your skin. Win-win. At home remedies are great because 1. you get to DIY and craft and 2. you know exactly what ingredients you're putting onto your skin. Why exfoliate? It'll help remove clogged-up dead skin and uncover fresh new cells below. Now when you moisturize, it can penetrate deeper and be more effective. Adding this to your regular routine will help you looking fresh and healthy! 

Simple Candles 

More DIY? YES. There are a number of ways to work coffee into candles. One of the easiest ways is to use tea candles and surround them with un-sed coffee beans. The heat from the candle will respond to the beans creating a scent like a freshly brewed batch. Now you can always enjoy the smell of coffee anytime.

Fertilize Your Garden

Adding used coffee grounds is a great way to add organic material to the soil of your garden, which will overall improve drainage and aeration. If you have acid-loving plants, adding coffee ground will lower the PH (which means it will raise the acid level). If you rinse the grounds, it will neutralize them, lowering the acidity and not effecting the PH. Make sure to sprinkle the grounds and work them into the soil around the plants. 

Bye-Bye Bugs

Alright, some bugs are great. They are part of the food-chain, good for gardens, and are essential for pollinating our planet. But sometimes they can do a lot of harm to growth in gardens, yards, and sometimes get into our homes. We love our tiny, exo-skeleton friends but sometimes we have to resort to getting rid of them. Avoid using chemicals and instead turn to your used coffee grounds. Caffeine and diterpenes can be highly toxic to insects, create a barrier by sprinkling around your plants or directly onto ant hills or nests. 

Upgrade Your Meat

Tenderizing meat helps break them down, resulting in a softer texture. Salt, enzymes and acids are three natural types of meat tenderizers. Coffee contains natural acids and enzymes, making it especially effective at tenderizing meat. Add coffee grounds to our favorite dry rub recipe and apply to meat two hours before cooking. The grounds will get cooked onto the meat and form a dark, crispy crust. Hello, new summer favorite! 

Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

Coffee grounds + Water + Coconut Oil. That's all it takes. Add them together to form a paste & apply directly under your eyes and let sit for 10 minutes. Coffee grounds contain caffeine and antioxidants. When applied to the skin, they can help prevent aging and reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.

Sip & Avoid Slip!

Ferris is based in Michigan and our winters can prove to be challenging. We love the glistening snow, looking forward to snow days, and winter wonderland moments but with all of that comes slippery roads and walkways. Keep your used coffee grounds for a natural de-icer! Salt is the usual de-icer. It lowers the freezing point of water, causing snow and rain to be less likely to freeze. It also creates a point of friction, making it easier to walk. Coffee grounds work in a similar way. Nitrogen is a known ice-melter, and used grounds are rich in nitrogen. They also provide touch points that increase friction and reduce your risk of slipping. Plus, it's a more environmentally friendly way to protect yourself & safe for pet paws! 

Garbage Disposal Deodorize + Scrub the Kitchen

You're already making coffee in the kitchen! Coffee grounds are abrasive and can help remove buildup on hard-to-clean surfaces. They may even help sanitize due to their antibacterial and antiviral properties. Use on the sink, cookware, or even your grill and avoid nasty chemicals. Just be careful not to use them on any kind of porous material, as they can cause brown stains. On another note, use this recipe from PopSugar as a DIY project and freshen up your garbage disposal! 

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