In the current climate, with the nation on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us are discovering new ways to satisfy our craving for caffeine. As we can no longer rely on our local coffee shop to serve our daily latte, many of us are investing in coffee machines at home. As well as all the new paraphernalia to get to grips with, you might be wondering what to do with the leftovers that come with grinding your own beans.

Nothing beats the taste and smell of a freshly ground brew, but the clean-up can be a bit messy. However, before you simply throw your used coffee grounds into the bin, take a look at these ideas for how you can recycle your leftovers.

1. Fertilise your garden

As trips to the garden centre are currently classed as non-essential, you may be looking for novel ways to improve your borders and bedding plants in the run up to summer. If you’re all out of fertiliser, try using your leftover coffee grounds to add nutrients to the soil. Coffee grounds are packed with plenty of minerals for optimum plant growth, including nitrogen, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and chromium. Simply sprinkle your leftover grounds onto your soil for maximum effect.

2. Scrub up

With lots of us spending more time at home than usual, there’s plenty of time to indulge in a full body pamper. After taking a bath, exfoliate from head to toe using a home-made scrub. Simply mix together your leftover coffee grounds with some organic coconut oil then slather it onto your skin, massaging it in using a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and enjoy your baby-soft skin.

3. Eliminate odours

As they contain naturally occurring nitrogen, coffee grounds can help absorb and eliminate unwanted odours. To banish stale smells from your fridge, try placing a bowl of your leftover coffee grounds inside. You can also try placing the coffee grounds inside an old pair of tights to create portable air fresheners that can easily be popped inside smelly shoes or your gym bag.

4. Pamper yourself

Spending time on self-care is a must, especially when you can’t escape to a spa to relax and rejuvenate. As well as using your leftover coffee grounds to create a natural body scrub, you can also use them to create a stimulating face mask. Mix together your coffee grounds, a splash of milk, lemon juice, a drip of honey and spoonful of cocoa powder into a paste then smooth onto your face. Allow to dry, then wash off with warm water and a clean muslin cloth.

5. Treat dark circles

To help reduce the number of beauty products you need to pick up next time you shop, why not create your own eye treatment using your leftover coffee grounds? Coffee is high in caffeine, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can also stimulate blood circulation. When applied around the eyes, caffeine can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and swelling. To create an under-eye treatment, mix your coffee grounds with a small amount of coconut oil and allow to absorb into the skin.

What ideas do you have for reusing your leftover coffee grounds while we’re all under lockdown? Share your ideas with us by tagging @oand3_theoilfamily