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Coffee grounds: Useful uses

Most people have heard of coffee grounds being useful to get rid of the smell of garlic on hands but did you know that there are so many other useful uses for coffee grounds in the home? MOLLY MAID, the professional house cleaners, explain how:

Cooking pans: As coffee grounds have a rough texture, they are particularly effective at cleaning dirty pans. Just throw in a few coffee grounds, scrub, rinse and you are finished!

Banish smelly shoes: Coffee grounds act as a perfect deodoriser, so put them to good use by drying out some coffee grounds and placing them in the bottom of some nylon sock or tights and knotting the end. Place them in the offended shores or trainers overnight and by morning, they should be smelling much fresher.

Fusty Freezer: If you’re suffering from a rather fusty smelling freezer, punch some holes in the lid of a margarine or butter tub, fill half way with coffee grounds and place the lid on. The coffee grounds will absorb the odours.

Garlic Hands: There is nothing worse than smelling like you’ve been picking garlic for hours! So, why not try keeping used coffee grounds by your sink and then rubbing them onto your hands, then rinsing with water to banish that awful smell of raw garlic. Then finish with moisturiser as the grounds will have acted as an exfoliator.

Clearing drains: Pour used coffee grounds down the sink or bath drain, followed by 3 drops of washing up liquid and a pot of boiling water. This will clean and clear the drains of clogs and built up grease.

Compost: The nitrogen in coffee grounds that helps your plants grow can also work hard in your compost bin. Pour used grounds onto your compost pile, give everything a solid stir, then sit back and let it do its thing.

Love your roses: Used coffee grounds are full of nutrients like nitrogen and can be used as fertilizer for acid-loving plants, like rose bushes, azaleas, evergreens, and camellias. Spread them on top of your flower bed and you can almost immediately watch your plants grow!