It’s National Coffee Day! Go to your closest Dunkin’ Donuts and get your free medium coffee. (There are tons of other coffee places doing specials as well, but DD is my closest. ;))
Celebrating coffee, BuzzFeed – that wonder of wonders, posted this article. As someone who drinks daily coffee and just throws away the grounds, and is also into natural cleaners and the like, this interested me. (Come next spring, I plan to use the grounds in compost, but winter is coming and that’s not an option for a while.) So I tried a few.
FIRST, Can coffee grounds help diminish under-eye circles? #30 on this list, and one popular Pinterest Pin say so. Inspired by this lady, I’m going to give it a shot. The basic principle, that your skin benefits from a caffeine boost, is being marketed by many cosmetic companies as a way to sell new products as present, so maybe this would be a less-expensive and less-chemical-based way to achieve the same results? Maybe?
I’m not saying it didn’t work. I’m also not saying it did. What I know is that it was messy, but smelled delicious, and I feel like the skin under my eyes is a bit tighter than it was pre-coffee. I put them on for 15 minutes and went about my life, and then removed them with warm water. It’s probably not meant as an everyday thing, but maybe over time it would make a visible difference. I went to a Natural Beauty seminar a few years ago, and they gave me a recipe for a coffee/chocolate powder/yogurt face mask that was heavenly, so maybe I’ll make that if I can dig up the handout.
SECOND, Make a Mud-like Coffee Play-doh. My toddler loves construction and dirt, so this seemed like it’d be right up our alley. I made a half-batch, to save on wasting flour and salt if it didn’t work out. Mine didn’t turn out as dark as the original, but I also didn’t have any instant coffee to add to the mix. Whatever. My kid is 3. He’ll be fine.
It reminds me a little of when I was younger and I’d go up to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house with my cousins. My Grandma’s alternative to store-bought Play-doh was to mix up a little extra bread dough while she was baking, and let us kids use it to make whatever we wanted. She’d cover the table in flour and let us shape and roll and cut and do whatever until the dough was grubby and we were all done. She’s a frugal lady (children of the depression tend to be) and if it was good enough for her it works for me!
THIRD, I added coffee grounds to the container of a Kale plant seeding I got at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Coffee grounds improve the soil, and have tons of other garden benefits.
FOURTH, I used coffee grounds to clean a really dirty pan. Their abrasive nature makes them ideal for scrubbing, and they worked about as well as baking soda does. If this is a cleaning method you’re going to add to your rotation, I’d suggest designating a specific rag or sponge to coffee – as it stains white fabric. I used a regular old cleaning rag made from worn-out pants, and it was fine.
I’m convinced enough that coffee has skills that I’ll keep a container of grounds in my fridge. I won’t collect every coffee ground I ever brew, but it appears they have several uses and why not save on expensive cleaning products if I can just utilize what’s around, right?
*Also, for those who maybe don’t brew at home but would like to try working with them, Starbucks will give you free grounds if you just ask!*