5 Survival Uses for Coffee Grounds
We all know the value of coffee during a crisis situation.
If you drink it, coffee can help keep you awake and alert when you need to stand guard.
If you don’t drink it, it can be used as a very valuable bartering item. There’s no doubt that people will be desperately seeking coffee when stores are stripped bare.
But what about coffee grounds? Is there anything worth doing with them once your coffee is brewed? Or should they just be discarded with other trash?
Today I want to give you five things you can do with your coffee grounds during a survival situation.
Do you have a compost pile? If you have a garden, you certainly should. And coffee grounds are a perfect regular addition to this pile.
Coffee grounds add acidity to a compost pile. They also keep pests like ants, slugs and snails at bay but attract worms that will improve the quality of the pile. You might also want to use some of those worms as bait when you fish.
If you have a compost pile, you probably know that it’s important to keep the ratio of brown matter and green matter roughly equal. Coffee grounds count as green matter. The nitrogen in coffee grounds will help your compost pile cure properly.
You can live with some odors, but why not get rid of them if you can?
Put coffee grounds into a couple of empty containers and set them in your refrigerator and freezer if you notice any odors.
It doesn’t work overnight, but it will if you leave them in there for a couple of weeks.
A survival situation could result in you spending more time outdoors. Which means your hands might start to smell after a while. Rub coffee grounds in your hands like you would sand. Then keep rubbing them under running water.
One thing we all noticed after the pandemic reached our shores was a shortage of cleaning supplies.
This could happen again at any time. If you find yourself without dishwashing liquid and scouring pads, coffee grounds can come to the rescue.
Coffee grounds are abrasive but not scratchy. That means they can be effective in scrubbing grease and grime off your dishes, pots, pans and utensils.
You might want to try this even if you do have dishwashing liquid on hand. It’s a great way to repurpose and avoid using a product with chemicals in it.
You may find yourself in a position someday where it’s crucial to melt ice on your steps and walkway but there’s no salt available.
Coffee grounds can come in handy in this situation as well. Just sprinkle them on the cement and wait for them to work.
The acidity in coffee grounds will make the ice melt faster, while the grounds themselves will provide some traction.
Safe passageway over icy surfaces can be extremely helpful. The last thing you want in a survival situation is an injury that will cause pain and slow you down.
Earlier I mentioned having a garden. Planting and maintaining a garden is as important now as at any time during our lives.
We’ve gotten a major wake-up call over the past year. Many of us have seen empty store shelves for the first time.
Growing our own food is assurance that no matter how bad the pandemic gets, we’ll be able to feed ourselves and our families. Coffee grounds will enhance the acidity level in the soil, which is great for plants.
The nitrogen and potassium in coffee grounds will help your plants thrive. They will also provide some magnesium. And the results will be obvious in a short amount of time.
Your first inclination after brewing coffee might be to throw out the grounds. But hopefully you’ll find productive uses for them.