Spring is the season of growth and renewal, a chance to release the old and usher in the new. From spring cleaning to gardening to exploring the outdoors again, it is the perfect time to embrace wellness, simplicity, and a deep love for the earth. One of our favorite things to do at the start of the season is to find new and simple ways to reduce waste. What better place to start than with your favorite daily ritual– a cup of Malu coffee?
There are plenty of creative ways to repurpose the grounds in your single serve filter. Here are just a few of our favorites to inspire you:
Coffee grounds have natural deodorizing properties that make them great for neutralizing unpleasant odors in your home. Dump your Malu grounds into a small bowl and let dry. Then place in your fridge, closet or any other area that needs some freshening up. The natural scent of coffee is subtle and refreshing, and it's a great way to take your coffee ritual beyond the mug.
Level up your compost
Used coffee grounds are a great addition to your compost pile, as they are high in nitrogen and help to break down organic matter. Plus, coffee grounds add a rich brown color to your compost, making it a beautiful addition to your garden or potting soil. Speaking of which…
Malu coffee grounds are also a wonderful natural fertilizer for plants. Simply sprinkle your used coffee grounds around the base of your plants to add nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to the soil. This will help your plants grow strong and healthy into summer.
Bonus tip: Fill eggshells or small cups with used coffee grounds and plant seeds for an eco-friendly way to start your garden.
Repel unwanted critters
Believe it or not, coffee grounds are a natural pest control method. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around your garden to keep pests like slugs, mites, and ants away. The caffeine in the coffee grounds is toxic to these pests, and it's a safe and natural way to keep your garden flourishing and pest-free.
Bonus tip: Problematic areas like the inside of cabinets, crawl spaces, and dark corners, are a great place to sprinkle used coffee grounds. Be sure to let them dry first if using in humid areas.
Clean your grill (and drains)
Coffee grounds are abrasive and can help remove stubborn grime from grill grates. Mix the grounds with a little bit of water to create a paste, then use a brush to scrub the grates. Likewise, you can pour used coffee grounds down your drain with hot water to help clear clogs and deodorize.
The next time you brew your Malu pour over, consider giving your grounds a second life. You never know how much joy a single cup of coffee can cultivate ✨