5 Creative Uses for: Coffee

| Tue Sep. 1, 2009 6:00 AM EDT

Made too much coffee? Got extra grounds? Before you throw it in the sink, consider one of these ideas, brought to you by AltUse.com:

1. Fertilize plants: Before you plant, mix your seeds with used coffee grounds. You'll increase your plant size, and the grounds will also ward off any underground pests attracted to your veggies. Works best for carrots and radishes.

2. Deter ants: Did you know that ants hate coffee? Use coffee grounds instead of traps to keep 'em out of the house without chemicals.

3. Rid the fridge of odors: Works like baking soda: Fill a small bowl with fresh, dry grounds of coffee and place it in the fridge. After a day or two, the smell should be gone.

4. Grill a burger: (OK, sort of a cheat since it's not for coffee itself, but the can.) Cut some holes in the bottom of an old metal coffee can to create a grill-like surface. At the top of the can, cut out a moderate size triangle. Place the can upside down and use the triangle to place newspaper or dry pine needles in to use as a fire starter. Light. Once the bottom of the can is hot enough you can use the surface as a makeshift grill and cook your meat, veggies, or anything else. Great for camping.

5. Stain wood: Brew a pot of fresh coffee and allow it to sit for a minimum of two days. Use a paintbrush to apply the coffee to unstained wood consistently and allow to dry over night. Apply as often as required to create the color and finish you desire.

Check back next Tuesday for more ways to reuse and use up your extras.